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CDC Update: Chipotle-Linked E. Coli Outbreak Case Count Now At 45

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According to the latest update posted Friday, Nov. 20, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are now 45 people sickened in the E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets in Washington and Oregon. That is an increase from 37 cases reported on Wednesday, Nov. 18. CDC noted that it is… Continue Reading

Update: 41 E. Coli O26 Cases in OR and WA Associated With Chipotle Restaurants

Chipotle Mexican Grill sign

Nov. 6 update: The Oregon Health Authority stated Friday, Nov. 6, that there are now 13 E. coli O26 illnesses in Oregon connected with eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. That is one more reported case since Thursday. Four people have been hospitalized. Meanwhile, the Washington State Department of Health has revised its case count down by… Continue Reading

CDC Report: Multi-State Outbreaks Few But Deadly


Multi-state outbreaks are not particularly common, but they are particularly dangerous. A little more than half of all deaths associated with foodborne outbreaks come from multi-state outbreaks, according to a new report released Tuesday, Nov. 3, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday as part of its latest Vital Signs issue. According to data… Continue Reading

MI Agriculture Officials Warn Public About E. Coli Risk From Apple Cider

Uncle John's Cider Mill cider

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued a consumer advisory for Uncle John’s Old Fashioned Apple Cider produced by Uncle John’s Cider Mill located in St. Johns, MI, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria (STEC). No illnesses have been reported to date. However, consumers… Continue Reading

Update: Six Vermont E. Coli Cases Being Linked to Undercooked Ground Beef

Worthy Burger hamburger

Officials with the Vermont Department of Health say that two more cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) have been linked to ground beef that was served at Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT. That brings the outbreak total to six confirmed and three probable cases. According to a Wednesday, Sept. 30, news report, state health inspectors found the… Continue Reading

Advisory Committee Working on the Science of Salmonella, STEC


When the government needs help with a foodborne issue, they turn to a certain committee for scientific advice. In its last term, the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF) worked on how to reduce Norovirus infections and to help the Department of Defense ensure that the food procured for U.S. military personnel… Continue Reading

Three Cases of E. Coli in North Dakota Possibly Linked to Fair


The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating a possible cluster of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections in eastern North Dakota. Three cases have been reported, all of whom are younger than 18 years of age, and all of whom reported attending the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo, ND, which was held July… Continue Reading

Update: Eight E. Coli Cases Now Linked to South Carolina Daycare

The Learning Vine daycare in Greenwood is closed

Learning Vine daycare

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced Sunday that lab tests have confirmed seven cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) associated with a daycare in Greenwood, SC. On Monday, the department updated the number of confirmed E. coli cases to eight. Four of these individuals have infections with the same bacteria… Continue Reading

Washington E. Coli Outbreak: Fairgrounds Dairy Barn was ‘Likely Source’ of Contamination


A Final Investigation Summary released Wednesday by the Whatcom County Health Department in Bellingham, WA, indicates that the source of the recent Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, which sickened 25 people and hospitalized 10 of them, was probably the Dairy Barn at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, WA. All of those who became ill either attended the Milk Makers… Continue Reading

Update: South Carolina Boy, 2, Dies of E. Coli Complications


Update (June 3): Additional information has come to light regarding this death, and the article has been updated to reflect the new information. A 2-year-old boy from Greenwood, SC, has died from complications related to E. coli infection, according to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox. Myles Mayfield reportedly died Sunday night at Greenville Memorial Hospital…. Continue Reading