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Two E. coli cases linked to livestock close Washington school

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Two young Washington state girls are hospitalized with complications from E. coli infection and their school has been temporarily closed for cleaning. One of the girls has reportedly developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious kidney condition linked to E. coli infection. Health officials said the source of their exposure to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria… Continue Reading

Chicago outbreak count doubles; officials offer scant details

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An E. coli outbreak in Chicago remains under investigation as more customers of Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill have been added to the victim count. Although public health officials would not comment on how many of the patients have required hospitalization, they did reveal the outbreak count more than doubled in size in eight days…. Continue Reading

CDC Update: Chipotle-Linked E. Coli Outbreak Case Count Now At 52

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted an update Friday, Dec. 4, on the E. coli outbreak associated with Chipotle Mexican Grill. The agency reported that, as of Dec. 2, 52 people from nine states have been sickened, 20 have been hospitalized, and there are no deaths. The seven additional E. coli… Continue Reading

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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