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Local STEC outbreak in Seattle area linked to Nintendo of America campus 

Four Seattle area residents have tested positive for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) after consuming food at I Love Sushi and Sodexo’s Café Mario, Seattle-King County Public Health reports. The two implicated restaurants are located at the Nintendo of America campus in Redmond, WA. All four people – two King County and two Snohomish County residents – ate food from Café Mario on multiple days in June,… Continue Reading

Local STEC outbreak in Seattle area blamed on pesto chicken sandwich

Four Seattle area residents have tested positive for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) after consuming food at one of three different local locations of the Homegrown restaurant chain, Seattle-King County Public Health reports. The three implicated Homegrown restaurants are located in Redmond, Kirkland and on Westlake Avenue in Seattle. All four people – three adults… Continue Reading

Two-year-old solo E. coli victim fighting for his life in Dallas

Only 20 percent of the estimated 265,000 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) cases annually in the United States involve outbreaks that the public hears about, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two-year-old Landon Huston, currently at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, is one of the solo cases that comprise the other 80… Continue Reading

Solo E. coli O157:H7 case investigated by Brazos County, TX

At least one case of E. coli O157:H7 in Brazos County, TX, is being investigated by local health officials, who don’t yet know the source of the pathogen. The Brazos County Health Department says a solo patient, not an outbreak, is involved. E. coli O157:H7 is often a precursor to kidney failure and even death… Continue Reading

E. coli cases have Oregon officials investigating non-fair food, fair livestock

A number of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) illnesses are being investigated following last month’s Washington County Fair in Hillsboro, OR. Public health officials announced Wednesday that potential sources were food items unrelated to the fair, as well as contact with livestock at the fair, which was July 28-31. Anyone who attended the Washington County Fair and has… Continue Reading

MI firm recalls 20,000 pounds of cheese linked to 7 E. coli illnesses

Grassfields Cheese LLC of Coopersville, MI, is recalling about 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). The recalled products have been linked to seven cases of E. coli infection. The family-owned company stated that it was voluntarily recalling the cheeses “out of an abundance of caution,” according… Continue Reading

Two E. coli cases linked to livestock close Washington school

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

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