Michigan now counts 9 people from Lapeer, Genesee, Isabella, and Sanilac counties as victims of the ground beef E. coli O157:NM outbreak associated with beef from McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC. The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have issued a public health alert concerning the outbreak. Among the 9 cases, illness onset dates range from July 18-30. Those affected range in age from 15-88. McNees Meats has recalled approximately 2,200 pounds of ground beef products.
In Pennsylvania, the number of confirmed cases in an E coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Cowans Gap State Park is now 14, according to Thursday’s announcement by Pennsylvania health officials. In a statement, health department officials said 11 cases involve Pennsylvania residents — six from Franklin County, four from Lancaster County and one from Huntingdon County. Three cases were confirmed in Maryland residents, officials said. At least 8 people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.
All swam in the lake at Cowans Gap State Park, although the source of the bacteria has not yet been found. State officials continue to test the 42-acre lake in Fulton County, Pennsylvania The lake was closed to all activities effective 5:30 p.m. August 9 as a precaution. The park remains open for other activities. A well at the park has tested positive for E. coli, but not the strain that has made people sick.