The children in Oregon were siblings, and neither required hospitalization. One child in Washington developed kidney failure as a result of the infection. The child has been discharged from the hospital and is now recovering, according to The Oregonian.

As of Monday, at least 16 infections of the outbreak strain E. coli STEC O157:H7 have been reported in 9 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Eight people have been hospitalized, and 4 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. CDC said 14 of the victims were children.

Federal authorities identified I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter and a related granola as the likely source of the outbreak. The company has recalled the following products:

  • 15oz plastic jars of I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter with Best By dates of July 05, 2018, August 30, 2018, and August 31, 2018;
  • Individual portion cups with the Best By date of August 08, 2018;
  • 4lb plastic tubs with Best By dates of November 16, 2018 and July 25, 2018, and
  • Dixie Diner’s Club brand Carb Not Beanit Butter (all best-by dates).

“CDC recommends that consumers do not eat, and childcare centers, schools, and other institutions do not serve, any I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter varieties and sizes, or I.M. Healthy brand granola coated with SoyNut Butter,” the agency said. “Even if some of the SoyNut Butter or granola was eaten or served and no one got sick, throw the rest of the product away.”

Victims have been confirmed in nine states: Arizona, California, Oregon, Maryland, Missouri, Washington, Wisconsin, Virginia and New Jersey. The recalled soy nut butter was distributed across the U.S.

All victims for whom information was available had eaten I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter products before getting sick, according to the CDC. The first confirmed illness began Jan. 6, with the most recent confirmed victim on Feb. 21.

Source: Washington Post

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