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One child dead, 13 others sick in raw cheese E. coli outbreak

A French company this weekend expanded its recall of cheese made with unpasteurized milk after health officials reported a seventh child has developed kidney failure because of an E. coli infection linked to the cheese. At least 14 children age 5 and younger from various regions of France are confirmed with E. coli 026 infections,… Continue Reading

E. coli claims 4 more lives; growers promise changes

CDC reports 197 sick in 35 states with more infections expected; FDA still searching for source

More people are sick, more people have died, and more states are reporting E. coli infections in an ongoing outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. As the CDC was releasing the new numbers Friday, growers were promising to figure out what happened and take action. Outbreak investigators have been trying to trace the romaine for two… Continue Reading

Birds, pigs, water, air — How did the bacteria find the romaine?

Investigators continue their tedious search for the source of the E. coli that apparently contaminated romaine lettuce, causing this spring’s deadly outbreak. But it’s becoming increasingly unlikely they will find a smoking gun. The human toll so far, including one person in California who died, is 132 confirmed cases, 72 hospitalizations, and 20 people with… Continue Reading

Unlicensed store owner won’t say where he got food, raw milk

Officials shut down operation; products included milk from dairy responsible for 2010 outbreak

Health inspectors have shut down a Minneapolis food seller because he was operating without a license, selling raw dairy products and uninspected meat, and refused to provide information on the origin of the products. Armed with a search warrant, public health officials went into the unlicensed operation, doing business as Uptown Locavore, at 3137 Hennepin… Continue Reading

North Dakota confirms E. coli outbreak case; 26 states hit

The ongoing E. coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce has reached North Dakota, bringing the total of states with confirmed sick people to 26. The other 25 states have a total of 121 people confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7. One person in California has died. At least 14 of the sick… Continue Reading

Romaine source(s) remain elusive as E. coli outbreak grows

The number of victims in an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce jumped almost 60 percent in the past week as public health officials struggled to determine the source or sources of the implicated produce. Three more states have laboratory-confirmed victims, federal officials reported Wednesday. The 19 states now involved in the outbreak have… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: At least 64 with E. coli in 16 States Linked to Romaine Lettuce from Yuma Arizona

The Numbers: As of Friday night, the CDC reported 53 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 being reported from 16 states.  However, the CDC reported only 1 case in Alaska while the Alaska Department of Public Health reported 8 ill from the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, and that its investigation had confirmed… Continue Reading

Canadian officials still searching for source of E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak in Canada that was initially linked to a restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, has grown to include people who do not have any connections to Mama Nita’s Binalot, and one of them has died. Described as “extremely complex” by Dr. Chris Sikora, medical officer of health for the Edmonton Zone, the ongoing… Continue Reading