Multistate Outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 Infections Linked to Eating Raw Refrigerated, Prepackaged Cookie Dough

Clinical Features: Most people infected with E. coli 0157:H7 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps 2-8 days after swallowing the organism, but some illnesses last longer and are more severe.  Infection is usually diagnosed by culture of a stool sample.  Most people recover within a week, but some develop a severe infection.  A type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome can begin as the diarrhea is improving; this can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old and the elderly.

Advise to Comsumers:  The FDA and  the CDC are warning consumers not to eat any varieties of prepackaged Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough due to the risk of contamination with E. coli 0157:H7.  If consumers have any prepackaged, refrigerated Nestle Tool House cookie dough products in their home they should throw them away.  Cooking the dough is not recommended. 

Individuals who have recently eaten prepackaged, refrigerated Toll House cookie dough and have experienced any of these symptoms should contact their doctor immediately.