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Indiana Restaurant Cole Slaw 1998

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred in both Johnson and Marion Counties, Indiana. A case-control study implicated one particular Johnson County franchise of a popular restaurant chain. Cole slaw, prepared from unwashed heads of cabbage, was identified as the vehicle responsible. E. coli O157:H7 was also recovered from a consumer sample of cole slaw and was a genetic match to the E. coli O157:H7 that had been isolated from case patients.

Tags:
  • Outbreak began:
  • May 1998
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Indiana
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, Cabbage, Cole Slaw
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 27
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 27
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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