Spinach-associated Escherichia coli O157:H7
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Juliana Grant, Aaron M. Wendelboe,1 Arthur Wendel, Barbara Jepson,
Author affiliations: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (J. Grant); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta (A.M. Wendelboe, A. Wendel); Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services , Madison, Wisconsin, USA (A. Wendel); New Mexico Department of Health, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (A.M. Wendelboe, P. Torres, C. Smelser); and Utah Department of Health, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (B. Jepson, R.T. Rolfs) 1Current affiliation: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.
On September 13, 2006, health officials from several states independently notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about clusters of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections and a suspected association with spinach. E. coli O157:H7 expresses 1 of 2 types of Shiga toxin and can cause severe gastrointestinal infections and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
A multistate outbreak investigation, involving 26 states, was initiated on September 14. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC advised consumers not to eat bagged spinach (1,2). The Utah (UDOH) and New Mexico Departments of Health conducted a case-control study to characterize the outbreak and a laboratory investigation to test spinach eaten by case-patients for contamination. This report focuses on the investigation conducted in the 2 states.
case definition for a laboratory-confirmed illness was culture-confirmed E.
coli O157:H7 infection in a
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