Oklahoma E. Coli Outbreak Investigated
Dr. Lauri Smithee, Acute Disease Service Director of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, spoke to Food Poisoning Bulletin and confirmed that an E. coli outbreak is associated with the Oklahoma Youth Expo held at the Oklahoma state fairgrounds in March 2014. Twelve people are sick, in various stages of confirmation. Four people have been confirmed ill with E. coli infections through lab tests.
Two children are sick with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and are hospitalized. One is two years old; the other is eight.
The investigation is still broad. Initial cases were reported following a livestock show, but more recent patients said they have had animal contact, but not at that particular show. Right now investigators are concentrating on case control studies and PFGE matches to see if contact with livestock was the cause of the illnesses, or if food or something else made people sick.
OK State Dept. Of Health Investigates E. coli Outbreak
Posted: Apr 03, 2014 5:55 PM CST Updated: Apr 03, 2014 5:55 PM CST