Although Covid-19 has been the main outbreak of discussion for the past year, it is important to note other outbreaks that have occurred in the past two years. These include an outbreak due to enterohemorrhagic E. coli and an outbreak due to Salmonella enterica serotype Dublin.
According to the CDC, one such outbreak occurred in 2019 and was due to the organism enterohemorrhagic E.coli, also known as O157:H7, which contaminated romaine lettuce. The lettuce was originated from the Salinas Valley growing region in California and has since been recalled. During this outbreak, 167 people were infected and out of those 167 people, 85 were hospitalized.
Common symptoms for this strain of E. coli include fever, abdominal cramps, and bloody diarrhea. The bloody diarrhea is due to the Shiga toxins that this strain produces, which acts on blood vessels. In addition, some patients may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)…
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