All About Disease Outbreaks

Madison in the World of Microbiology

In a recent article published by the CDC, scientists investigated the multi-state outbreak of Enterohemorrhagic E. coli, or O157:H7. After much research, the scientists were able to link the romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley in California, to the spread of this disease outbreak. In this specific outbreak, approximately 167 individuals were infected with the O157:H7 strain of E. coli. Of the 167 individuals, eighty-five were hospitalized and fifteen developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. In general, the O157:H7 strain of E. coli is a Shiga-toxin producing disease, that tends to be one of the more severe strains of this disease.

The Shiga-toxin producing E. coli causes disease roughly three to four days after the individual has consumed the infected romaine lettuce, in this case. In general, this disease causes individuals to have severe diarrhea, which can sometimes have blood in it, severe stomach…

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