E. Coli Breakout
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – State health officials say two people in Michigan are among the 24 persons in 15 states who have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli bacteria.
The Michigan Departments of Community Health and Agriculture and Rural Development say the illness due to Shiga toxin producing E. coli has been reported among people who have consumed Farm Rich frozen food products.
Health officials say symptoms include acute diarrhea and abdominal cramps with little or no fever. The illness usually lasts one week. In some individuals illness can be severe, especially young children, people who are immunocompromised, or the elderly.
Buffalo, New York-based Rich Products Corporation has issued a recall of several Farm Rich-brand frozen products including mini pizza slices, mini quesadillas with cheese and chicken, philly cheese steaks with cheese, and mozzarella bites.
Officials say anyone who recently became ill and purchased any of the products included in the recall, should consult their physician. Federal officials are also investigating to find the source of infections.
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