An investigation by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services into a recent E. Coli outbreak is now focused on Howard County. Of the twelve cases being looked at, eight of the people reported consuming raw dairy products from Stroupe Farm. The farm’s owner has stopped selling these items.
Press Release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has narrowed the investigation of recent E. coli cases to only those cases with similar lab results, geographic proximity and case history.
As a result, the investigation now centers on 12 cases in Missouri. To date, of these 12 cases, 8 of the individuals reported consuming raw milk or products made with raw milk obtained from Stroupe Farm in Howard County.
The State Public Health Laboratory has analyzed 8 food samples associated with products from the farm. All 8 of those samples tested negative for E. coli 0157:H7. The owner of the farm has discontinued the sale of raw dairy products.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services continues to remind the public that it is an unnecessary health risk to consume raw milk and products made from raw milk that have not been pasteurized to kill harmful germs. The role of pasteurization is to eliminate disease-causing germs that may have contaminated the milk and to provide protection for consumers.
The 3 additional cases which had previously been reported as part of this investigation have been determined to not have similar lab results, geographic proximity or case history with the other 12 cases.