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Bavarian Mortadella and Teewurst Sausages 1995

Between December, 1995, and March, 1996, 28 children with hemolytic uremic syndrome were identified in Bavaria, Germany. Laboratory studies identified a sorbitol-fermenting E. coli O157:H-, phage type 88, in many of the stool samples taken from the children. A case-control study showed a relationship between eating sausage and illness, in particular mortadella and teewurst sausages were implicated. Teewurst is made from either raw pork, or raw beef, and bacon before undergoing smoking. Mortadella is usually made with finely ground, heat-cured pork and small cubes of pork with other seasonings added.

  • Outbreak began:
  • December 1995
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Non-E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Sausage, Mortadella, Teewurst
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Unknown
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • 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:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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