The E. coli outbreak linked to organic yogurt sold under the PCC and Pure Eire brand names has grown to include 15 cases, according to the latest information from the Washington Department of Health. Nine people have been hospitalized, four of them with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure associated with E. coli infections. And nine of the people sickened in this outbreak are children who are nine years old or younger.
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This outbreak was identified earlier this month by health officials in King County. Initially, they believed some type of fresh, organic produce was the source of the outbreak. Subsequently, organic yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy of Othello, WA has been identified as the likely source of the outbreak. The grass-fed, organic yogurt was sold under the brand names Pure Eire at Super 1 Foods, Andy’s Market and Blue Valley Meats in Walla Walla County; and PCC at PCC Community Markets in the Seattle area. Anyone who has these yogurts at home should not eat them. On May 15, Pure Eire and PCC both issued yogurt recalls.
Fourteen of the people sickened in this outbreak live in Washington. There is also a secondary case in Arizona. Health officials say that patient, a 2-year-old girl, did not eat the yogurt but appears to have been exposed to the bacteria by a relative visiting from Washington. She did not require hospitalization.
In its latest outbreak update, the Washington Department of Health said it is possible that other products may be implicated as the investigation progresses.
Organic Yogurt E. coli Outbreak Expands, 16 Now Sick
Symptoms of E. coli, HUS
Symptoms of an E. coli infection, which include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody, usually develop within three to five days of eating contaminated food. The people sickened in this outbreak have reported onset of illness dates ranging from March 9 to April 21, 2021.
Between 5 percent and 10 percent of E. coli patients develop HUS, most often they are children. This complication, which can cause kidney failure, seizure, stroke, coma, and death, usually develops one week after the onset of E. coli symptoms. Symptoms of HUS include pale skin, decreased urination, fatigue, fainting, unexplained weakness and bruising and bloody diarrhea. Anyone with HUS symptoms should seek immediate, emergency medical care.
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