Two E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks have plagued Colorado in recent weeks. The first is an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with bison meat products from Rocky Mountain Natural Meats, Inc. The company has recalled over 66,000 pounds of bison products, which have caused, to date, at least 6 confirmed E. coli O157:H7 foodpoisoning illnesses in Colorado and New York. Rocky Mountain Natural Meats, Inc.’s recalled bison products reached 156 stores in 25 states and Puerto Rico.
Another E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, with perhaps more devastating effect, has been linked toraw milk from Billy Goat Dairy in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado. The Boulder County Health Department, an extremely competent bunch of illness detectives and sanitarians, updated its confirmed case count of E. coli O157:H7 and campylobacter infection in the outbreak to 30 today. Among the 30 confirmed cases are two children who, according to recent reports, remain hospitalized.