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25 September 2006 :: 15:09:01 pm 32340

America E. Coli cases rises to 173

America has been facing outbreak of food-borne illness, that was an caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria found in uncooked spinach in 25 U.S. states.
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  As of September 24, 2006, one person has died, and 172 people have fallen ill, including 28 who suffered a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome after eating spinach contaminated with the E. coli a potentially deadly bacterium that causes bloody diarrhea and dehydration. This strain is more potent than in any other food poisoning scares. Federal health officials said half of those reported sick have been hospitalised, compared to 25 to 30 percent in past outbreaks.

   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for bagged fresh spinach to be removed from shelves and warned people not to eat any kind of fresh spinach or fresh spinach-containing products.The FDA has also stated that washing the spinach is insufficient to sanitize it because the bacteria is systemic, meaning that it is not just on the outside of the spinach, but that it has been absorbed through the roots.

   As of September 24, 2006, 25 states are affected, and at least 173 cases of the disease are currently reported; 10 cases are reported to be serious, with one death in Wisconsin, as well as two suspected related deaths. Spinach has also been distributed to Canada and Mexico, although there have been no cases related to the current outbreak reported in Canada.There have been over 400 produce-related outbreaks in North America since 1990.

   The areas reported to be affected are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michingan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wycoming.

   The family of an elderly Hagerstown woman who died nearly two weeks ago after eating bagged spinach questioned Saturday whether government health officials had done enough to alert Maryland residents to the threat of E. coli contamination that has been linked to at least three people in the state.

   Rod MacRae, spokesman for the the Washington County Health Department, spoke to the media Friday, Sept. 22, 2006 at the Health Department in Hagerstown that Medical Health officials are investigating whether the E. coli death of June E. Dunning is tied to a national outbreak. Dunning was admitted to Washington County Hospital with symptoms of E. coli on Sept. 1, 2006, two days after eating baby spinach from a bag. The spinach is currently being tested at a state labratory.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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