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Habaneros Restaurant Pico de Gallo 2003

In late August of 2003, five individuals were laboratory-confirmed with E. coli O157:H7. All five ate at Habaneros on either August 23 or August 24. One case was not laboratory confirmed, but had symptoms consistent with an infection caused by E.coli O157:H7. Genetic fingerprinting analysis of the five isolates obtained from culture-confirmed patients revealed that all five were the same genetically, indicating that all were infected with the same strain of E. coli O157:H7. E. coli O157:H7 was subsequently cultured from a sample of pico de gallo obtained from Habaneros. Pico de gallo is typically made with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, serrano or jalapeno peppers, and garlic.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2003
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Salsa or Pico de Gallo
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 6
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 5
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 1
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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