Escherichia coli O121

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Persons infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O121, by state, U.S.[1]

Escherichia coli O121 is a pathogenic serotype of Escherichia coli,[2] associated with Shiga toxin, intestinal bleeding, and hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS).[3] HUS, if left untreated, can lead to kidney failure.[citation needed]

Most serotypes of E. coli—a widespread species of bacteria residing in the lower intestines of mammals—are beneficial or do not cause disease. Unlike other pathogenic serotypes, such as E. coli O157:H7 (also an enterohemorrhagic E. coli), little is known in detail about the public health significance of O121. Therefore, O121 is sometimes roughly classified as a type of “non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing E. coli ” (non-O157 STEC).[citation needed]

A U.S. outbreak of E. coli O121 in 2013 sickened 24 people in 15 states according to a statement released by the CDC.[citation needed] New York officials found the bacterium strain in an open package of Farm Rich brand chicken quesadillas from an ill person’s home; parent company Rich Products Corp. of Buffalo, New York is now [when?] recalling these and several other items and the CDC, USDA, and FDA are now [when?] investigating to find the precise source of the outbreak.

In 2016, General Mills recalled 10 million pounds of wheat flour tied to an E. coli O121 outbreak.[4]

See also


  1. "CDC - Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 Infections Linked to Farm Rich Brand Frozen Food Products". 17 January 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  2. "Laboratory-Confirmed Non-O157 Shiga Toxin Producing E. Coli". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved March 16, 2007.
  3. "E. coli outbreak sickens 24 in 15 states". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. March 31, 2013. Archived from the original on March 30, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2023.
  4. Elizabeth Weise (May 31, 2016). "General Mills recalls 10 million pounds of flour". USA Today. Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2016.