November 10, 2011

**Nov. 10, 2011 UPDATE** State health department updates status of investigation into E. coli outbreak in St. Louis region

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is leading a team of local, federal, and state public health experts in investigating the cause of the E. coli outbreak that has hit the St. Louis region. The investigation involves laboratory analysis, environmental sampling and case interviews. This information is then combined to determine the possible cause(s) of the outbreak.

Numbers Update - October 7 to November 10

Number of individuals confirmed to have E. coli connected to the St. Louis investigation: 31

Number of food samples, connected to the St. Louis outbreak, tested to date: 55

Number of food samples confirmed to have E. coli: 0

The State Public Health Laboratory today received one new human specimen which was collected on November 6 in the St. Louis area. This new specimen is being analyzed to determine if it contains E. coli. As with all suspected cases, lab testing and patient interviews will determine whether this specimen is connected to the outbreak.

Public health officials again urge consumers to wash all produce thoroughly with water before eating, cook meat thoroughly, and wash their hands after using the restroom. For additional food safety tips and more information on E. coli illness and investigation, visit .

Public health officials continue to urge anyone experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms, including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea or nausea, to seek medical attention.