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UPDATE: 19 People in 7 States Ill in E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Costco

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SEATTLE (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 19 people in seven states have contracted E. coli in an outbreak linked to Costco chicken salad.
The strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli can be life-threatening. No deaths have been reported, but the CDC says five people have been hospitalized and two have developed a type of kidney failure.
The CDC and state health officials are investigating. They don't know what ingredient in the rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores is the likely source of the outbreak.
Health officials advise those who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco store on or before Friday to throw it away, even if no one has gotten sick.
People have fallen ill in California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia and Washington.


OLYMPIA, WA - "Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken" from Costco has been connected with at least one case of E. coli in Washington.

Consumers who purchased this product - item number 37719 - from any Washington Costco location should discard it.

The Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other western states, are investigating E. coli illnesses from chicken salad purchased from various Costco stores in late October.

Washington has confirmed one case of E. coli from King County, who became ill in late October. This confirmed case was not hospitalized.

"We take E. coli very seriously in Washington," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist, "and we are working with CDC and state partners to determine the source."

Others states with confirmed E. coli cased linked to Costco chicken salad include Colorado, Montana, and Utah. In addition to CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with Costco to determine the source of the contamination.

People who have eaten this product and feel ill should consult with their health care provider.

If you have leftover product in your refrigerator or freezer do not eat it and discard the product.

People usually get sick 2-8 days after getting E. coli.

Only people who have symptoms should see a health care provider.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea - often bloody - and abdominal cramps.

Most people recover within a week.

Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

HUS can occur in people of any age, but is most common in young children under five, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of HUS can include fever, Costco chicken salad November 23, 2015 Page 2 abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination.

People who have these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

Antibiotics and antidiarrheal medicines should not be given unless E. coli is ruled out, since they may increase the risk of HUS in people with E. coli infections.