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2017 E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli O26 outbreak among Marine recruits, California

In October 2017 an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli O26 occurred among recruits at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and the command's field training facilities at Edson Range, Camp Pendleton, California. Investigators identified 62 confirmed, 62 probable and 120 suspected case-patients. Thirty people were hospitalized and 15 had HUS. Poor hygiene practices among recruits and inconsistent cooking temperatures within dining facilities were noted. Consumption of undercooked beef was found to be significantly associated with illness (mOR 2.40, CI 1:04-5.72, p=0.04).

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 2017
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
    Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle(s):
  • beef
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Military base
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 244
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 62
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 62
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 120
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 30
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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