Fourteen cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection, including at least two severe cases requiring hospitalization, have been confirmed in the central Missouri outbreak linked to unpasteurized milk. A raw milk dairy in Howard County has been implicated as the source of the illnesses.
A 2-year-old from Boone County who was given raw milk developed symptoms of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication of E. coli infection that leads to kidney failure. The child remained hospitalized Wednesday.
All 14 outbreak patients have similar lab results, geographic proximity and/or case history, according to Gena Terlizzi, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Senior Services. Last week the state identified the suspect Howard County dairy as Stroupe Farm, which has halted the sale of its unpasteurized products.
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