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Nebraska Beef/Interstate Meat/Tabaka's Supervalu Ground Beef Served at the Salem Lutheran Church Funeral Luncheon 2006

In late July, 2006, three E. coli O157:H7 cases were reported to public health. The E. coli O157:H7 isolates were a genetic match to one another. These people were residents and visitors of Longville, Minnesota. At the same time, an outbreak of gastroenteritis was reported among members of the Salem Lutheran Church of Longville. The church served a meal on July 19 which appear to be a risk factor for illness. Consumption of potato salad, hamburger, and ground beef were associated with risk of illness. Ground beef was used to make meatballs for the meal. The ground beef had been purchased from Tabaka's Supervalu. The Supervalu obtained beef chuck rolls from Interstate Meat on July 10. Most of this chuck was ground into hamburger meat. A traceback of the Interstate Meat showed that it originated from a Nebraska Beef processing plant. Beef trimmings collected at Nebraska Beef, on June 14, cultured positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2006
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef, Ground Beef
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • PFGE pattern EXHX01.1281
  • Location(s):
  • Private Home, Church
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Coleman
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 17
  • 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:
  • 9
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1

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