E. coli Cake Mix Outbreak News – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with local public health and regulatory officials across several states are collecting data to investigate a multi-state outbreak of E. coli 0121 infections linked to cake mix.
E. Coli Cake Mix Outbreak Information
As of July 27, 2021, 16 people across 12 states have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli 0121. To date, illness onset dates have been between February 26, 2021 to June 21, 2021. As of this posting, the following state have been affected: Illinois (2), Indiana (1), Iowa (2), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (1), Nebraska (2), Ohio (2), Oregon (1), South Carolina (1), Utah (1), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).
Sick individuals range in age from 2 to 73 years old, with a median age of 13. 100% of the infected are female. Of the information available on the 16 ill people, 7 have been hospitalized. One person developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). To date, no deaths have been reported related to this E. coli cake mix outbreak.
Health officials have been interviewing affected people about the foods they ate the week before they became ill. Of the 8 people interviewed, 6 (75%) reported tasting or eating raw batter made with a cake mix. Different brands and varieties of cake mix were reportedly bought. DNA fingerprinting has been performed on bacteria through a method called whole genome sequencing (WGS). WGS has shown that the bacteria collected from the sick individuals are closely related genetically, meaning the sick people likely became ill from the same food.
The FDA is continuing its traceback investigation using purchase records from the affected individuals to determine a common cake mix brand or production facility.
Information on and Diagnosis of E. Coli Infection
Per the CDC, E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, bloodstream infections, and other illnesses. The types of E. coli that can cause illness can be transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or people.
Always put your health first. If you suspect that you have contracted E. coli or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection.
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