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China Buffet Restaurant 2001

Between August 24 and August 27, Minnesota local health departments noted a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases in Douglas and Pope County. All five cases required hospitalization due to the severity of the infection. Epidemiologists performed routine E. coli victim interviews and discovered all five case-patients had eaten at the China Buffet in Alexandria, MN. An inspection of the restaurant noted many violations, including evidence of poor personal hygiene; cross-contamination between ready-to-eat foods and raw meats; improper food storage; and improper cleaning of preparation surfaces.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2001
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Cross-contamination
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • China Buffet
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 5
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 5
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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