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2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to BBQ Shack in Toccoa, Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health, the North Health District, and the Stephens County Health Department investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that occurred in early May 2013. As of May 31, 2013, 18 cases had been identified. Eleven people were confirmed to have E. coli; 7 others were counted as "probable" cases. Seven people were hospitalized. Five had developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Illness onsets ranged from May 4 to May 8, 2013. Ten of 11 case-patients reported eating at the BBQ Shack in Toccoa, Georgia between May 2-4, 2013. No other common exposures were reported among case patients. The last reported illness occurred on May 8.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Georgia, South Carolina
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • BBQ Shack
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 18
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 11
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 7
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 7
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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