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Karl Ehmer Meats/ IBP Ground Beef 2000

Everyone in a New Jersey family became ill with E. coli O157:H7 after eating barbequed hamburgers that they had made from ground beef purchased from Karl Ehmer Meats. A boy and a girl in the family had severe diarrhea. The boy's symptoms worsened, and he required hospitalization. He suffered severe complications from his infection, and these led to his death a few days after his hosptial admission. Leftover hamburger patties recovered from the family’s residence showed the presence of of a strain of E. coli O157:H7 that matched the strain isolated from the boy’s stool. The ground beef purchased by the family was shoulder clod that had been supplied to Karl Ehmer by IBP.

Tags:
  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2000
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New Jersey
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Meat Market
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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