Capital Ditrict E. coli Update - Case Numbers As of September 14, 1999
Albany, September 14, 1999 – The New York State Department of Health now reports a total of 804 suspected and confirmed cases of E. coli 0157:H7 infection resulting from the Capital District outbreak.
A total of 112 cases have been culture–confirmed through a special laboratory test. Suspect cases are those individuals who have symptoms of E. coli infection, but whose illness has not been laboratory confirmed.
Case reports continue to be received for patients who had symptoms previously, but were not diagnosed with E. coli infection until the past few days. For example, Washington County residents accounted for an additional 23 case reports of patients who consulted with their physicians over the weekend.
To date, 64 people have been hospitalized as a result of the E. coli outbreak associated with the Washington County Fair. Eleven children developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a severe complication of E. coli infection, and two people have died.
Most ill individuals are primary cases, that is, they attended the Washington County Fair and consumed water or products made with water piped from a contaminated well. Only about ten secondary cases have been reported in which infection was spread from person to person because of poor sanitary practices.
Symptoms of E. coli infection are diarrhea, occasionally bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. Fever is sometimes present along with the other symptoms. Health officials caution any individuals with these symptoms to check with their health care provider and to refrain from food handling, child care or patient care while they are sick to prevent transmission of the illness.
No press briefing is scheduled for today.