October 16, 2017

Indiana E. coli Outbreak Grows to 4 Confirmed Cases

The Indiana Department of Health says there are four confirmed cases of E. coli and three probable cases in that state. Officials do not know the source of this outbreak, but are investigating. Those sickened live in Fulton, Marshall, and Wabash Counties. No new cases of possible E. coli have been reported to the agency since the start of August. E. coli is an infectious disease that is spread through contact with feces. It is critical that this infection is accurately diagnosed, since treatment with antibiotics can increase the risk of serious complications, such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The department is working with families of patients to make sure the illness does not spread with person-to-person contact. E. coli bacteria are found in the guts of ruminant animals … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak in Canada Sickens 24

An E. coli O157 outbreak in Canada has sickened at least 24 people, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Public health officials do not yet know the source of the outbreak, but are investigating. The case count by province is:¬†Alberta (1), Ontario (7), Quebec (14) and Nova Scotia (2). Illness onset dates were between July 12 and August 8, 2015, with the peak of illness reported occurring between July 25 and August 1, 2015. In the past, outbreaks of E. coli have been linked to raw or undercooked meat products, raw dairy products, and raw fruits and vegetables that have been contaminated with feces. Anyone can get an E. coli infection, but those at most risk for serious complications are young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses and … [Read more...]

Whatcom County E. coli Outbreak Grows; CDC Pitches In

The E. coli outbreak associated with the Milk Makers Fest at the Northwest Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington in April has grown to include 45 cases. There are now 23 confirmed cases and 22 probable cases. Eight people have been hospitalized as a result of their illness. There are several children who have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The case count is now increasing more slowly. Interviews are continuing to determine if there was a common food or water source or activity, such as the petting zoo at the event. Lab tests have not yet been returned to determine which serotype of E. coli O157 has sickened people. It is taking some time for results to come back. The state is asking for federal help in solving this outbreak, according to the Seattle Times. Dr. Scott Lindquist, … [Read more...]

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