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WA State health officials link yogurt to multi-county E. coli outbreak

e coli virus - src centers for disease control and prevention
E. coli virus. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

OLYMPIA, Wash. — During an ongoing investigation into an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) officials say they have identified a likely link to PCC Community Market brand yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy.

Pure Eire Dairy is reported to be working with the state Department of Agriculture to identify and recall all affected products. Anyone who has PCC Community Market brand yogurt at home should not eat it and should throw it away.

The outbreak now includes 11 confirmed cases of people, including 6 children under the age of 10, infected with bacteria that have been genetically linked. Counties with cases include Benton (1), King (8), Snohomish (1) and Walla Walla (1). Seven people have been hospitalized. 3 people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious complication of E. coli infection.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, stomach cramps and blood in the stool. There is usually no fever. If you notice symptoms, especially bloody diarrhea, contact your health care provider right away. E. coli O157:H7 infections can cause serious complications.

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DOH and partner agencies are continuing to test food samples and gather case information in this ongoing investigation.

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