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Excel Ground Beef 2001

Four children, in Georgia, developed E. coli O157:H7 as a result of eating hamburger patties. Three of the children became ill in June after eating hamburger that had been purchased at a Kroger grocery store. This ground beef originated from Excel Corporation, a meat processor and a Cargill subsidiary, and prompted a recall of the beef. In December, a boy in Norcross, Georgia, was infected with the same strain of E. coli O157:H7. The hamburger that he had eaten was purchased at Sam's Club and originated from Excel Corporation. A genetically indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157:H7 was isolated from the hamburger collected from the boy's home.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2001
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Georgia
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Grocery Store, Club Store
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Kroger
  • Total ill:
  • 4
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 4
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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