OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health has identified a likely link to PCC Community Market yogurt produced by Pure Eire Dairy in its investigation into an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in the state.
The outbreak now includes 11 confirmed cases, including six children under the age of 10, infected with the bacteria that has been genetically linked to the cases. Pure Eire Dairy is working with the state Department of Agriculture to identify and recall all affected products. Anyone with PCC Community Market yogurt at home should not eat it and should throw it away.
The 11 confirmed cases include one case each in Walla Walla, Benton and Snohomish counties and eight cases in King County. Seven people have been hospitalized. Three people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a serious complication of E. coli infection.
Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, stomach cramps, and blood in the stool. It is usually not accompanied by a fever. People who notice symptoms, especially bloody diarrhea, should immediately contact a health professional.
The DOH investigation continues, and more information will be provided when available.