The Oregon Public Health Division of the Department of Human Services recommends anyone who has purchased a pre-packaged bag of spinach should "not consume it raw for the next few days," reports the Statesman Journal. The announcement comes in the wake of a nationwide breakout of E. coli O157:H7, including one confirmed case in Salem.
Five case are confirmed in Oregon, including Salem resident Gwyn Wellborn. Wellborn, 27, developed HUS, a form of kidney failure, and was hospitalized for several days in intensive care at Salem Hospital and then Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. She now is at home recovering.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing an alert to consumers about the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in multiple states, including Oregon and Wisconsin.
Epidemiologists in those two states have traced the illness to packaged, washed spinach, although so far they have been unable to identify whether the contamination is confined to a single brand.