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E. coli in the News – Oregon Strawberries, Michigan Ground Beef, Pennsylvania Water

Oregon E. coli.jpg18 Ill, including 1 death – Oregon Public Health officials have identified fresh strawberries from a Newberg farm with fields in Washington County as the source of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 infections that sickened at least 18 people last month, including one person who died.

The strawberries were produced in July by Jaquith Strawberry Farm located in Newberg. Jaquith finished its strawberry season in late July, and its strawberries are no longer on the market. Jaquith sold its strawberries to buyers who then resold them at roadside stands, farm stands and farmers’ markets.

Michigan E. jpg9 Ill, including 6 hospitalized – The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are issuing a public health alert regarding E. coli O157:H7:NM illnesses linked to the consumption of ground beef from McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC, a meat-processing and retail establishment in North Branch, Michigan A total of five confirmed Shiga-toxin producing E. coli cases and four probable cases have been reported in Lapeer, Genesee, Isabella, and Sanilac counties. Illness onset dates range from July 18-30. Those affected range in age from 15-88.

McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC., expanded its recall to include approximately 2,200 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157: NM.

Screen Shot 2011-08-17 at 9.05.07 AM.png11 Ill, 8 with HUS – The number of confirmed cases in an E coli outbreak linked to Cowans Gap State Park is now 13, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Tuesday.  In a statement, health department officials said 11 cases involve Pennsylvania residents — six from Franklin County, four from Lancaster County and one from Huntingdon County.  Two cases were confirmed in Maryland residents, officials said.

All swam in the lake at Cowans Gap State Park, although the source of the bacteria has not been found. State officials continue to test the 42-acre lake in Fulton County, Pennsylvania The lake was closed to all activities effective 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 as a precaution. The park remains open for other activities.