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August 9, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore.Oregon Public Health officials confirmed that fresh strawberries from a Newberg, Ore. farm are the source of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 infections that sickened at least 10 people last month, including one person who died.
The strawberries were produced last month by Jaquith Strawberry Farm. The farm completed its strawberry season in late July, and its strawberries are no longer on the market. However, health officials are concerned about strawberries that were frozen or made into uncooked jam, and are warning consumers to throw out such products.
Jaquith Strawberry Farm sold its strawberries to buyers who then resold them at roadside stands and farmers markets. The farm Jaquith has recalled its products and is cooperating fully with the investigation.
Ten people have confirmed an E. coli O157:H7 infection caused by a single strain. These individuals include residents of Washington, Clatsop, and Multnomah counties. Six other people in northwest Oregon also have recently developed an E. coli O157:H7 infection and appear to be part of this outbreak. Of the confirmed cases, four have been hospitalized, and one elderly woman in Washington County died from kidney failure associated with E. coli O157:H7 infection.
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