CDC Investigation into E. coli O103 Outbreak [US]

US FlagUS/Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") LogoThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an Atlanta, Georgia based health promotion and disease prevention authority, issues an investigation notice concerning the Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (“E. coli”) O103 outbreak that has sickened at least 96 people from five (5) US states.


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Additional information:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports this Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O103 outbreak has caused at least 96 people to become sickened and ill.

Additional information is as follows:

  • The CDC, public health departments in several US states, the US Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) Food Safety and Inspection Service (“FSIA”) and the US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O103 infections.
  • Eleven (11) people of the 96 people affected have had serious enough illness to been hospitalized. No deaths and no cases of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (a type of kidney failure) have been reported at this time.
  • The investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of E. coli infection. Due to the fact the source of the infection has not be identified, the CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid any particular food at this time. Likewise, restaurants and retailers are not advised to avoid serving or selling any particular food or drink.
  • State and local public health officials are interviewing ill people to determine what they ate and other exposures in the week before their illness started. Federal and state regulatory officials use that information to guide efforts to identify a contaminated food and trace it to its source. More information about the steps in a foodborne outbreak investigation can be found here:
  • This investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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