US CDC: Multistate E. coli O145 Outbreak Has Sickened 14 in 6 States

3 hospitalized; 1 dead; California and Tennessee confirmed…Is Canada Next???

BY JAMES ANDREWS | JUN 08, 2012

ecoliculture-406.jpgToday 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.

 

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One thought on “US CDC: Multistate E. coli O145 Outbreak Has Sickened 14 in 6 States

  1. Cattle are not the only source of food and water borne e. coli outbreaks.

    The ongoing STEC (shiga toxin e. coli) O145 outbreak, which killed a small child and sickened others, is a strain from human sewage. http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2010/ecoli_O145/

    In 2010, STEC e. coli O145 was identified on an Arizona farm as the human strain which caused an e. coli outbreak which sickened 33 people. The source was sewage from campers in a nearby RV park which flowed into an irrigation ditch which fed the romaine lettuce fields.
    http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FoodborneIllness/ucm235477.htm

    It is risky business to “fertilize” human crops with sewage sludge biosolids, or water them with sewage derived effluent.

    Helane Shields, Alton, NH hshields@tds.net

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