November 08, 2011

**Nov. 8, 2011 UPDATE** Department of Health and Senior Services 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 interviews of reported cases. This information is then combined to determine the possible cause(s) of the outbreak.

Numbers Update - October 7 to November 8

Number of individuals confirmed to have E. coli connected to the St. Louis investigation: 30

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 two new human specimens from the St. Louis area that are being analyzed to determine if they contain E. coli. As with all suspected cases, lab testing and patient interviews will determine whether these specimens are 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.