Jaquith Strawberry Farm E. coli OutbreakOn August 8, 2011, Oregon Public Health officials announced that they had linked strawberries to at least 15, possibly 18, E. coli O157:H7 cases, including 7 hospitalizations and one death.
According to an announcement by Oregon Public Health, the strawberries were produced in July at Jaquith Strawberry Farm located at 23135 SW Jaquith Road in Newberg, Oregon. They were sold primarily at roadside stands and farmers markets. The strawberries were not labeled and possibly mixed with other fruit when sold. Officials are advised people who purchased unmarked strawberries from stands during this time period to throw them out.
Ten people have confirmed E. coli O157:H7 infection caused by the outbreak strain. They include residents of Washington, Clatsop, and Multnomah Counties. Six other people in northwest Oregon also have recently developed E. coli O157:H7 infection and appear to be part of the strawberry-related outbreak.
Of the confirmed cases, seven have been hospitalized, and one elderly woman in Washington County died from kidney failure associated with E. coli O157:H7 infection. There were 11 females and four males among the cases, and their ages ranged from 4 to 85. They fell ill between July 10 and July 29.