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2001 E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Consumption of Unpasteurizd Goat Milk, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nubian goats owned by 18 families who ran a co-operative farm in Nanaimo, British Columbia, produced milk that was contaminated with E.coli O157:H7. The outbreak first affected the children of a family new to the co-operative. Later the children of a family visiting the co-operative farm became ill. Milk samples were analyzed and found to contain the same strain of E.coli O157:H7 that was isolated from the three laboratory confirmed cases. Pasteurization of milk was required by law in British Columbia, however this milk was not pasteurized prior to consumption.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2001
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Goat, Raw Milk
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 5
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 3
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 2
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 2
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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