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2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Swimming in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

In July 2013 state health officials in Minnesota identified three cases of E. coli O157 illness in Minnesotans linked to swimming in the Big Island area of Lake Minnetonka. The illnesses occurred in young adults, and all were residents of the seven-county metropolitan area surrounding the lake. All of the cases reported swimming and boating on July 4. One patient was hospitalized. The source of the e. coli in the water was not determined.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Recreational water
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Lake Minnetonka
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 3
  • 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:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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