By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reports the multi-county E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has affected 11 people is likely linked to PCC Community Market brand yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy.
The outbreak includes six children under the age of 10, seven people that have been hospitalized and three people who have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication of E. coli infection from Benton, King, Snohomish and Walla Walla counties.
Pure Eire Dairy is working with the state Department of Agriculture to identify and recall all affected products. Anyone who has PCC Community Market brand yogurt at home should not eat it and should throw it away, health officials advise.
Symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, stomach cramps and blood in the stool. There is usually no fever. If you notice symptoms, especially bloody diarrhea, contact your health care provider right away. E. coli O157:H7 infections can cause serious complications.
DOH and partner agencies are continuing to test food samples and gather case information in this ongoing investigation.
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