November 1, 2011: St. Louis E. coli Outbreak
Missouri public health officials are investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in the St. Louis region. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, is also assisting in the investigation.
Multiple news sources have reported that items purchased at multiple Schnucks salad bars are the focus of the E. coli O157:H7 investigation. The stores have not yet been identified.
Public health officials are recommending that individuals experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, particularly bloody diarrhea, should seek medical attention.
Symptoms of E. coli infection may include severe abdominal cramps, fever, watery or bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Severe infections can lead to kidney failure. The very young, elderly, and immunocompromised are at greatest risk for experiencing complications due to E. coli infection.
If you are experiencing E. coli food poisoning symptoms, or have a health related question, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture which can confirm E. coli O157:H7 infection.
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