Ruby Trautz, a retired registered nurse from Bellevue, NE, was the first fatality in the 2006 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Dole bagged baby spinach produced in the Salinas Valley of California. Trautz, 81, died Aug. 31, 2006, after several days in the hospital. She was one of four people who passed away after eating the tainted spinach, although the hospital listed her official cause of death as clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection. It took about three weeks until the Nebraska state epidemiologist reported Trautz’s death as E. coli-related. By the time the 2006 spinach-linked E. coli outbreak was
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