Capital District E. coli Update - Case Numbers As of September 17, 1999
Albany, September 17, 1999 – The New York State Department of Health now reports a total of 1013 suspected and confirmed cases of E. coli 0157:H7 infection resulting from the Capital District outbreak.
A total of 122 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 reported onset of illness earlier in the month. No new secondary cases have been reported. A case of E. coli 0157:H7 infection has been confirmed in a child who attends day care at Albany Medical Center Hospital. However, neither the child nor any family members attended the Washington County Fair.
Approximately 200 cases of E. coli 0157:H7 infection occur annually in New York State. Most are sporadic, isolated cases.
A total of 65 people have been hospitalized over the course of the 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.