30 Cases in St. Louis E. Coli Outbreak
Another Outbreak Reported in Colorado
Food Safety News
by Dan Flynn | Nov 08, 2011
An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in the St. Louis area now includes 30 confirmed cases, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).
And the investigation into the cause of the outbreak is no closer to finding where the E. coli O157:H7 is coming from.
Two of four E.coli cases involving residents of the Columbia/Boone County area 125 miles west of St. Louis are believed to be part of the larger outbreak, while two others are not. A fifth person with E. coli-like symptoms in Boone County tested negative for the bacteria.
The lead agency in the federal, state and local investigation into the cause of the St. Louis E. coli outbreak late Monday said it added "two new cases based on lab results from specimens submitted to the State Public Health Laboratory last week."
DHSS said the two cases have the E coli fingerprint that has been observed in the outbreak. The St. Louis outbreak may have topped out with the two cases.
"There are no other specimens at the State Lab believed to be connected to the outbreak on which testing is pending," DHSS said in its daily media update.
The Missouri State Lab also has tested 55 food samples, mostly from the salad bars at the popular St. Louis-based Schnucks grocery stores, where many who became ill reported dining before they became ill.
More on this outbreak: Schnucks Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak