E. coli investigation in St. Louis continues

Monday, October 31, 2011 | 8:12 a.m. CDT; updated 10:03 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 31, 2011

ST. LOUIS — An investigation continues into an outbreak of E. coli in the St. Louis region.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said 24 of 34 specimens examined so far have tested positive for shiga toxin, which is a byproduct of E. coli, and testing of the other specimens is still ongoing.

Definitive testing for E. coli is expected to take several more days.

Officials still don't know the cause of the outbreak that has sickened people ranging in age from 4 to 94 in St. Louis City and four surrounding counties.

E. coli is typically spread through consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea or nausea. In rare cases, it can be fatal.


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.