E. coli outbreak sickens 4 in Colorado, 38 in US

Posted at 4:50 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 20:07:39-04

An E. coli outbreak likely related to flour has sickened four people in Colorado and 38 nationally across 20 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

No deaths have been reported, although 10 people have been hospitalized.

An E. coli strain called STEC O121 has been identified in the infections. Investigation has pointed to flour produced at a General Mills facility in Kansas City, Mo., and the company issued a recall Tuesday for several sizes and varieties of Gold Medal Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour and Signature Kitchens Flour.

On Wednesday, the CPDHE issued yet another recall for the same products, but out of Minneapolis, Minn. 

The CDC will update information out the outbreak on its website, while General Mills has more information about the voluntary recall on its website.

Symptoms mainly include diarrhea and abdominal cramping. People who believe they might be ill should contact their health care provider and discuss their symptoms, said Alicia Cronquist, foodborne disease program manager for the CDPHE.

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