Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the E. coli O145 outbreak that killed a young girl in Louisiana has sickened at least 14 people in six states: Georgia (5 illnesses), Louisiana (4), Alabama (2), California (1), Florida (1) and Tennessee (1). Three people have been hospitalized. The source of the contamination remains unknown. “The investigation is looking at both food and non-food exposures as part of the ongoing investigation,” a CDC statement read. “State public health officials are interviewing ill persons to obtain information regarding foods they might have eaten and other exposures in the week before illness.” Illness onset dates range from April 15 to May 12. Infections that began after May 12 may not have been reported yet. The most recent case was reported on June 4. A 21-month-old girl in Louisiana died from her infection on May 31 after falling ill several weeks earlier. This outbreak has no connection to the May 26 death of a 6-year-old Massachusetts boy suffering from an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Food Safety News last reported on this outbreak Wednesday.

  • Librarian

    My young adult children (19, 17) came down with symptoms that might indicate e. coli illness on June 5th 2012 in Northwest Florida.
    They had traveled through Alabama on 5/30.
    We assumed that if it were viral, that my husband and I would get similar symptoms.
    We tried to trace the possibility of food-born illness to no avail. There was no clear spot where we said “ah ha! that’s probably it!”
    If gestation time is 2-8 days, they could have contracted anything between Chicago and the Florida panhandle then back through Alabama again.
    It is however, the very first time as a veteran parent that I feared the very worst. Uncontrollable bloody stool is not something I ever wanted to witness happen to my children.
    We have been to Mexico, much of the Caribbean, and several other foreign countries. We’ve been on cruises when the ‘cruise bug’ has gone around. We’ve eaten at roadside cantinas, had street vendor food and drank the water. We have NEVER been this sick.
    As a former dietetics student, I am well versed in basic procedures for food safety. It shouldn’t be this hard.
    Apparently, Americans need to get their food safety procedures in check!

  • Connie

    I do not know what the solution is to these outbreaks or poisoning… but more stringent procedures is not the answer.
    As a producer, I can barely keep up with them in the first place. If there are more govt interventions placed upon us, being a small business will become impossible in this country.
    Enforcement is usually what is actually needed, not more laws and codes to get caught up in. But even then, you cant be 100% proofed against food disasters.
    I am not making light of your experiences. At all. It is a horrible experience. Just saying that there will always be food borne illness, always has been. Always will be.
    I read thru the warnings here once a month because I have a compromised immune system and have to be more careful than most.
    That being said, I never do anything as risky as drink raw dairy or unpasteurized products because of potential listeria, etc.. But that doesn’t stop everyone else from eating them and feeding them to their kids, never even having HEARD of listeria & salmonella & movement of”stomach flu” thru populations.
    I raise birds for slaughter, so am overly aware of salmonella movement from birds to humans. But have had to seriously lecture employees about transfer of it, as they dont know and have never heard of constantly washing their hands and keeping their hands out of their mouths!
    Ignorant humans are the worst vectors.
    ie:If you chew your fingernails…… all bets are off. THAT has nothing to do with the producer or birds. Human error as usual. And ignorance.