A multi-state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coliserogroup O145 or STEC has been reported by CDC. The outbreak has been identified in 6 states.
Alabama (2), California (1), Florida (1), Georgia (5), Louisiana (4), and Tennessee (1). Three ill persons have been hospitalized and one death has been reported in Louisiana.
Based on interviews conducted to date, a source for these infections has not been identified. If a specific source is identified, public health officials will advise the public and take steps to prevent additional illnesses.
It has been approximately 4 weeks since the last illness onset among reported cases. Although this indicates that this outbreak could be over, CDC continues to work with state public health officials to identify additional cases and the source of these STEC O145 infections.