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Sep 27, 2006

Sep 27, 2006

E coli cases reach 183 in 26 states

(CIDRAP News) – The case count in a national outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach rose to 183 yesterday, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The 183 cases represent an increase of 8 since Sep 25. Ninety-five people (52%) were hospitalized, and one more case of the serious kidney condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) was reported, bringing the total to 29 (16%).

Sep 25, 2006

Sep 25, 2006

FDA clears some spinach as E coli cases grow to 175

(CIDRAP News) – The case count in a national outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach rose to 175 today, but federal officials signaled that it's safe to eat spinach from places other than three counties in California's Salinas Valley.

Sep 22, 2006

Sep 22, 2006

Two deaths probed as E coli cases reach 166

(CIDRAP News) – Nine more cases were found in a nationwide outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections linked to fresh spinach, raising the total to 166, and two more deaths are suspected to be part of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

Sep 21, 2006

Sep 21, 2006

E coli cases jump to 157; experts share clinical advice

(CIDRAP News) – Eleven more cases were identified today in a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak related to fresh spinach, bringing the total to 157, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported.

Sep 20, 2006

Sep 20, 2006

Tainted spinach found as E coli cases rise to 146

(CIDRAP News) – Fifteen more cases were identified today in a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak traced to fresh spinach, raising the total to 146, and investigators have identified the first contaminated spinach sample from a bag submitted by a patient, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today.

Sep 19, 2006

Sep 19, 2006

Spinach-linked E coli cases jump to 131

(CIDRAP News) – The tally of people involved in a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with fresh spinach jumped by 17 today to reach 131, about half of whom were hospitalized, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported.

Sep 18, 2006

Sep 18, 2006

Three botulism cases tied to carrot juice

(CIDRAP News) – Three people in Georgia recently contracted botulism after drinking contaminated carrot juice, prompting health officials to warn that carrot juice must be kept refrigerated.

Sep 18, 2006

E coli outbreak spreads to 114 patients in 21 states

(CIDRAP News) – The number of people affected by a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak, apparently linked to fresh spinach, has climbed to 114 in 21 states, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today.

Sep 15, 2006

Sep 15, 2006

Eight-state E coli outbreak strikes 50, kills 1

Editor's note: The following story was published the morning of Sep 15 with current FDA data. During the day more cases were reported in the news media. The numbers as of late afternoon stand at almost 60 cases in 10 states (Ohio and Kentucky are the additional states).

Sep 14, 2006

Sep 14, 2006

FDA launches Salinas Valley E coli probe

(CIDRAP News) – Outbreaks of Escherichia coli in recent years have spurred federal and California officials to launch a broad investigation into farms and processors of lettuce and other leafy greens in California's Salinas Valley, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and news sources.

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