E. coli is on the rise in Kerry.
Figures released by the HSE reveal the number of cases reported up to the end of July is approaching the total number reported in 2017.
Most varieties of E. coli are harmless, but a few strains can cause severe cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.
E. coli can come from contaminated water or food, especially raw vegetables and undercooked ground beef.
In Kerry, the number of cases increased last year to 28, an increase of 55% on 2016’s figure.
The HSE says so far this year 25 cases have been reported up to the end of July; when compared with an average monthly figure, this represents an increase of over 50% on 2017 levels.
Nationally, the increase in E. coli is in line to increase by 10% this year, following on from a 10% increase in 2017.