August 25, 2019

Now 69 Sick With E. coli After Swimming at Lake Nokomis

Now 69 people have been diagnosed with E. coli infections after swimming at Minneapolis's Lake Nokomis, according to news reports. That's an increase of 20 more cases since the last report by the Minnesota Department of Health on August 16, 2019. Minnesota officials did say they thought the case count would increase because when they released information about this outbreak, more people would recognize their symptoms, see a doctor, and be tested for the pathogen. E. coli is a reportable illness. All of the patients got sick after they swam at the lake between July 16 and August 11, 2019. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board said that the Lake Nokomis beaches will be closed for the rest of the season. In addition, nearby Wirth Beach has had to close. That is the fourth … [Read more...]

Lake Nokomis E. coli Outbreak Has Sickened 49

The Lake Nokomis E. coli outbreak has now sickened 49 people, including the three confirmed cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in children that were announced earlier this week, according to a news release by the Minnesota Department of Health. That lake is located in Minneapolis. The ill persons are children and adults. About 20% of those sickened are under the age of 10. In all cases, people got sick after swimming at Lake Nokomis between July 16 and August 11, 2019. No one has been hospitalized. Officials said it is not unusual to see an increase in the case count after information about an outbreak has been released. People realize their own illness symptoms may be related to the outbreak. Most of the new cases were identified through a survey the Minnesota … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak Closes MN Lake Nokomis Beaches; Three Children Sick

Beaches at Lake Nokomis, which is in Minneapolis, have been closed after three children who swam there around the same time have contracted E. coli infections, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The bacteria is Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. Officials with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board closed the beaches immediately after they were notified by MDH. The children got sick between August 2 and August 5, 2019, after swimming at Lake Nokomis between July 26 and August 2, 2019. None of the children have been hospitalized. Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board Superintendent Al Bangoura said in a statement, "This is the first report of people getting ill from swimming in Minneapolis lakes we have had in more than two decades. We take this news very seriously … [Read more...]

Sisseton South Dakota E. coli Outbreak Sickens Eight Children

A Sisseton South Dakota E. coli outbreak has sickened eight children, according to news reports. The South Dakota Department of Health is investigating this outbreak. Some of the patients have been hospitalized, but we don't know how many. We also don't know if any of the children has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that is a serious complication of an E. coli infection. Dr. Joshua Clayton, the state epidemiologist, told the Aberdeen News that the source of the pathogen has not been identified. The Department of Health was notified about the outbreak last week by either a physician or a hospital after the first infection was confirmed. And he said that the disease can be spread person-to-person. While some of the patients may have gone to … [Read more...]

Northfork Bison Recalls Bison and Buffalo Burgers in Wake of E. coli Outbreak

Northfork Bison Distributors of St. Leonard, Quebec, Canada, is recalling its Bison Burgers (Buffalo Burgers) and Ground Bison (called Bison Ground) for possible E. coli O121 and O103 contamination. There is an outbreak associated with these recalled products. At least 21 people in 7 states are ill with these infections. The Bison Burgers (Buffalo Burgers) and Ground Bison were distributed across the eastern and central U.S. to institutions and retail outlets. All institutions that have Bison Burgers and Bison Ground in their inventory with the production dates of February 22, 2019 through April 30, 2019, should not serve it to customers, but return it to the distributors. For consumers, the recalled products are Buffalo Burgers (4 x 4 ounce) with expiration dates up to October … [Read more...]

ADM Milling E. coli O26 Flour Outbreak Ends With 21 Sick

The E. coli O26 flour outbreak that was linked to recalled Aldi Baker's Corner, Pillsbury bread, and King Arthur flour has ended with 21 people in 9 states sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three people were hospitalized. There were no deaths. The case count by state is: California (1), Connecticut (1), Massachusetts (2), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), New York (7), Ohio (5), Pennsylvania (2), and Rhode Island (1). Illness onset dates ranged from 7 to 86 years. Of 20 people who provided information to investigators, 3 were hospitalized. There were four recalls issued in relation to this outbreak, although no illnesses were linked to some of the products. They were recalled because they were made of the same lot of wheat used at ADM Milling to … [Read more...]

San Diego County Fair E. coli Outbreak Has Now Sickened 10

The E. coli outbreak at the San Diego County Fair has now sickened 10 people, according to the San Diego Health & Human Services Agency. There is one more probable case that has not yet been confirmed. Three people have been hospitalized, and one 2-year-old child has died. Officials have still not found the source of the pathogen. All of the children who are sick visited the animal areas, petting zoo, or had other animal contact at the fair. County Environmental health re-inspected food facilities that were visited by the children and found no link to the cases. Unfortunately, E. coli outbreaks linked to animal attractions at fairs, petting zoos, and farm tourist attractions are nothing new. Almost every year children are sickened after visiting these venues. Earlier this … [Read more...]

At Least 140 Sick With Possible E. coli Infections After Visiting Lake Minnetonka

At least 140 people are now sick with possible E. coli infections after boating in Lake Minnetonka in the western suburbs of Minneapolis over the Fourth of July weekend. Hennepin County Public Heath is reporting this increase in the case count. Of the 140 people who have called to say they are sick, 116 were near Big Island. That island has a nature park and several campsites.  Hennepin County closed the Excelsior Beach on July 9, 2019 after finding E. coli there. Excelsior is a city on Lake Minnetonka. Patients are experiencing symptoms which include vomiting and multiple episodes of diarrhea. Typical symptoms of an E. coli infection include severe and painful abdominal cramps along with diarrhea that is usually bloody and/or watery. If a fever is present, it is mild. Vomiting … [Read more...]

E. coli Outbreak at Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota Sickens 30

A rather strange E. coli outbreak has sickened 30 people who visited Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota over the Fourth of July weekend. According to news reports, people have contacted the Hennepin County Public Health after they were on the lake, especially in the Big Island area. Those 30 cases have been confirmed by the department. Public Health Epidemiology Manager Dave Johnson told MPR, "I would say that the symptoms are consistent with a water or food exposure and so we've been interviewing the ill persons to evaluate all potential exposures. So we're asking them about, were they in the water, were they swimming, did they potentially accidentally ingest some water. Public health officials do not know exactly how many cases of illness are connected to exposure to Lake Minnetonka. … [Read more...]

Two More Probable E. coli Cases Linked to San Diego County Fair

Two more probable E. coli cases have been linked to the San Diego County Fair, bringing the total of sick children to seven, according to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services. Those seven cases include four confirmed and three probable. A two-year-old boy sadly died on June 24, 2019 after visiting the fair. All of the children had visited animal exhibits at the fair before they got sick. The two new cases are a 2-year-old who was at the fair on June 22, 2019, got sick on June 26, and was not hospitalized, and a 4-year-old who visited the fair on June 21, got sick on June 29, and is currently hospitalized. Dr. Dean Sidelinger, interim deputy county public health officer, said in a statement, "The investigation is ongoing, and even though the fair is over, there are … [Read more...]

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