May 22, 2015: Whatcom County E. Coli Outbreak Investigation

Whatcom County E. Coli Outbreak Investigation News – On May 22, 2015, the Washington State Department of Health provided the following update on the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Whatcom County that was linked to the recent Milk Makers Fest:

  • Twenty-five people have laboratory-confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection. Nine of these individuals did not attend the Milk Makers Fest, but had close contact with someone who did attend.
  • Ten of those sickened have been hospitalized.
  • Four of the outbreak victims developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
  • Additional illnesses are still being investigated.
  • Four of ten environmental samples collected from the Milk Makers Fest venue yielded E. coli O157:H7 that matched the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7.
  • All of the outbreak victims attended the Milk Makers Fest between April 21, 2015 and April 23, 2015; helped with the event between April 20, 2015 and April 24, 2015; or were in close contact with an ill person. Most of those sickened are children.

Health Agencies Collaborate On Whatcom County E. Coli Outbreak Investigation

The Washington State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are assisting the Whatcom County Health Department in the outbreak investigation. To read the Washington State Department of Health’s safety recommendations, please see Advice to the Public.

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