FDA Statement on E. coli 0157:H7 Outbreak in Spinach
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will continue to provide the public
with regular updates on the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak each day until further
notice. To date, 109 cases of illness due to E. coli infection have been reported
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including 16 cases of
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) and one death. Illnesses continue to be
reported to CDC. This is considered to be an ongoing investigation.
Symptoms of Illness
E. coli O157:H7 causes diarrhea, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy
adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of
kidney failure called HUS. HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the
elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. There
are 19 confirmed states: California, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine,
Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
FDA advises consumers to not eat fresh spinach or fresh spinach-containing
products until further notice. If individuals believe they may have experienced
symptoms of illness after consuming fresh spinach or fresh spinach-containing
products, FDA recommends that they seek medical advice.
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Please consult a licensed health care professional with questions or concerns about your medication and/or condition.