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2013 E. coli O157:H7 Among Patrons of The Porch Restaurant, Oakland, Pennsylvania

In October 2013 Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Health Department investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 among patrons of The Porch, a restaurant located in Oakland, Pennsylvania. Most of the customers who became sick consumed hamburgers. However, public health investigators could not determine if ground beef used in the hamburgers was contaminated with E. coli O157 or if the bacteria was spread through improper food handling. In total there were 12 confirmed cases of E. coli O157. Nine other cases met the probable case definition.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Pennsylvania
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • ground beef
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • The Porch
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 21
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 12
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 9
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 8
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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