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Idaho Sausage and Jerky 1999

Sausage that was made from a combination of deer, elk, beef, and pork that was cured and then dried into jerky was implicated in an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Idaho. The product was made only for private consumption by hunters and their families and was recalled. It was unclear which of the meats contained E. coli, but the state epidemiologist suspected the beef. Most of the people ate the jerky raw even though it had not been thoroughly cooked.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 1999
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Idaho
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef, Jerky Game, Elk, Deer Pork Sausage
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Private Homes
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 33
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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