Washington State’s Snohomish Well being District Tuesday mentioned that it has recognized two instances of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) amongst native residents. The instances do seem like linked to a cluster of STEC instances amongst seven kids in close by King County.
The native instances contain a girl in her 20s and a toddler beneath 10 years of age from separate households. The kid has been hospitalized, however no additional data. Medical privateness legal guidelines are going to stop the discharge of extra details about the 2.
Seattle King County Public Well being is investigating a cluster of seven kids contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (also called STEC) in King County. All instances are at present beneath 15 years of age, and three are beneath 5 years of age. Instances have been reported from April 22–Could 1, 2021.
All 7 kids developed signs in line with STEC, together with diarrhea (usually bloody), stomach cramping, nausea, and vomiting. Sickness onsets occurred throughout April 17–29, 2021. Six kids have been hospitalized; this consists of two kids who developed a kind of kidney complication referred to as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and each are recovering.
The investigation is ongoing. They’ve recognized a number of kinds of contemporary produce, principally natural, in widespread among the many majority of instances however can’t but rule out different potentialities. They’re nonetheless unsure if these instances share the identical supply of their an infection or not. Updates will proceed to be posted when extra data is out there.
Up to now, the outbreaks appear to be restricted to the 2 counties, The investigations contain contemporary produce out there this time of yr.
The current outbreaks are much like an occasion years in the past.
In 2011 an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to consuming contemporary strawberries produced by Jaquith Strawberry Farm, in Oregon. Fifteen (15) individuals have been sickened and there was one demise. The farm bought berries to patrons who in flip distributed them to roadside stands and farmers’ markets in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill, and Clatsop counties.
The berries a decade in the past have been bought in unmarked containers and have been final distributed on August 1. Confirmed instances included residents of Washington, Clatsop, and Multnomah counties. Strawberries had not beforehand been implicated in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak within the U.S.
Ten p.c of the environmental samples collected on the Jaquith Strawberry Farm examined constructive for E. coli O157:H7. These samples included deer feces; deer have been suspected to be the supply of the contamination. The outbreak pressure was present in samples from fields in three separate areas.
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