The outbreak, which started last August and has since sickened close to 300 people, has been linked to a ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Ga. Any jar that includes the code "2111" was made at that plant and should be discarded or returned to the store where it was purchased. Giant stores and Wal-Mart confirm they are giving full refunds.
Virginia is one of five states reporting the most cases. As of Feb. 15, the Virginia Department of Health had identified 17 cases – males and females, ages 10 months to 66 years. No deaths have been reported in Virginia or elsewhere, and no cases have been reported in Northern Virginia.
Dr. David Goodfriend, Loudoun’s health director, said most people get over the disease, which causes severe diarrhea, fever and dehydration, in a week or less.