State’s E. Coli outbreak linked to PCC Market yogurt

Statewide, 11 cases are connected to the yogurt, including one in Snohomish County.

OLYMPIA — Yogurt from PCC Community Market is the likely link in the state’s multi-county E. Coli outbreak, the Department of Health announced Saturday.

There are 11 confirmed E. Coli cases across Washington linked to the yogurt, including one in Snohomish County. Six of the cases involve children under 10, and seven people have been hospitalized.

Anyone with Pure Eire Dairy product at home should throw it away, as PCC and the state Department of Argriculture work to recall the yogurt.

On Tuesday, the Snohomish Health District reported two E. Coli cases, possibly linked to organic produce. The cases included a woman in her 20s and a child under 10, who was hospitalized.

Those cases were linked to seven others in King County.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, stomach cramps and blood in the stool. There is usually no fever. If you notice symptoms, especially bloody diarrhea, contact your health care provider right away.

Most people recover in less than week. Infections can be mild or severe, even life-threatening.

Young children, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and the elderly are more likely to experience serious illness.

To prevent infection, wash your hands, clean cutting boards after use and avoid under-cooked beef, unpasteurized milk, juice or cheese, and raw sprouts.

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