Monday, November 7, 2011
Although the total number of confirmed E. coli cases connected to the St. Louis area outbreak has reached 28, food samples are testing negative for the bacteria.
The total number of confirmed E. coli cases connected to the St. Louis area outbreak has reached 28, according to a news release from The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). DHSS said so far 55 food samples connected to the outbreak have been tested; however, none of those samples have tested positive for the bacteria. DHSS spokesperson Jacqueline Lapine tells Patch this is a very "fluid" situation. She said the investigation is ongoing and information will continue to change throughout. Lapine said health officials have not yet found a source and she is unsure when, or if a source will be determined. READ PREVIOUS STORIES:
Friday, November 4, 2011
As local and state health officials investigate an E. coli outbreak, two new cases are reported, but food from local salad bars is testing negative for the bacteria.
The St. Louis County Department of Health continues to investigate an E. coli outbreak. Health officials are looking into reports that some of the infected patients purchased and ate food from Schnucks stores prior to falling ill; however, all of the food tested from the store is negative for the bacteria so far. (Read Previous Article: UPDATE: Schnucks Salad Bars Testing Negative for E. coli, But Still of Interest) The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory confirms 24 cases of E. coli in Missouri related to the St. Louis area outbreak. The cases began being reported last week as people fell ill. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) leads a team of local, federal, and state public health experts investigating the …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Some stores are voluntarily pulling produce, while others say they are waiting for more direction from health officials.
The St. Louis County Department of Health is investigating an E. coli outbreak. Health officials now confirm 16 cases of the bacteria were reported this week. (Read Previous Story: St. Louis County has an E. coli Outbreak) Late Thursday afternoon, dealth department Spokesperson John Shelton confirmed six people have been hospitalized and treated at Mercy Medical Center. He said the source of the E. coli is food-borne and health officials are investigating to see if there is a link to local store salad bars. Shelton said all of the affected people have not been interviewed and a source has not been positively identified. The cases are spread out from Florissant to South County, but Shelton did not give more specific information on where the…
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The St. Louis County Health Department is investigating an E. coli outbreak; 14 cases of the bacteria were reported this week.
The St. Louis County Department of Health is investigating an E. coli outbreak. Fourteen cases of the bacteria were reported this week. Health officials made that announcement in a news release. They said the cases are spread out from Florissant to South County, but did not give more specific information on where the cases were reported. The health department is investigating the source of the outbreak, but no source has been identified at this time, according to the statement. More information is expected Thursday. “E. coli is a very serious disease that can be life threatening,” said Dr. Dolores J. Gunn, director of the health department, in the statement . “Parents should be particularly vigilant if their children have bloody diarrhea…