The E. coli cake mix outbreak has ended with 16 people sick and seven hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a form of kidney failure that is a complication of E. coli infections.


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Health officials identified the genetic “fingerprint” of the E. coli that sickened each of these patients using used whole genome sequencing (WGS).  The 16 fingerprints were highly related indicating the patients had been sickened by the same contaminated food.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. These symptoms usually develop within one to three days of exposure. The people in this outbreak, who range in age from 2 to 73 years old, reported the onset of symptoms on dates ranging from February 26, 2021, to June 21, 2021.

Although 80 percent of the people sickened said they tasted cake batter before they became ill, health officials weren’t able to identify a brand that all of them purchased.

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