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2009 Outbreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Hamburger at Camp Bournedale, Rhode Island

At least 20 students and chaperones from the Lincoln Middle School, in Rhode Island, suffered diarrhea after a trip to Camp Bournedale in Cedarville, Massachusetts. Two students tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. Two students were hospitalized for treatment. The students attended a three-day session at the camp from October 13-16. Several students became ill on Monday, October 19. The outbreak was traced to tainted, raw hamburger. The camp has decided to only offer pre-cooked hamburgers to campers in the future. The ground beef had been distributed to wholesale distributors and institutions in Massachusetts. This outbreak occurred concurrently with an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with Fairbank Farms, also affecting persons in the Northeastern United States. The Crocetti outbreak was assigned Cluster 0910MAEXH-2 by the CDC.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 2009
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Rhode Island
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef, Ground Beef
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • EXHX01.0438/EXHA26.0238, MLVA Pattern A
  • Location(s):
  • Camp
  • Brand Name(s):
  • South Shore Meats
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 20
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 2
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 2
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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