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2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Canada and California

An outbreak of E. coli O157 was linked to romaine lettuce grown and distributed by Amazing Coachella Inc., which is the parent company of Peter Rabbit Farms, both based in Coachella, California. Health officials in New Brunswick, Canada identified at least 24 people with bloody diarrhea beginning on April 23, 2012. Ill persons lived in the comunities of Miramichi, St. John and Bathurst. Most of the patients laboratory confirmed with E. coli O157:H7 ate at Jungle Jim's Restaurant in Miramichi. Food samples collected at Jungle Jim's were negative for E. coli O157:H7. On June 29, 2012 the Government of New Brunswick issued a press release saying that a case control study involving 18 ill persons and 37 non-ill persons linked illness to consumption of romaine lettuce. The strain found in ill persons in this outbreak was also isolated in persons in Quebec and in at least 9 people California. Most of the California victims ate at a "single unamed restaurant" according to California public health officials.

  • Outbreak began:
  • April 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Romaine
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant, Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Jungle Jim’s
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 28
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 14
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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