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Prospect Elementary School/ Robeson Schools Unpasteurized Butter Made From Raw Milk 2001

Unpasteurized butter was the probable cause of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that began at the Prospect Elementary School. A teacher made butter from unpasteurized milk and served it during a holiday party at the school. Children spread the E. coli O157:H7 to family members and to day care programs and schools. Shiga toxin, but no E. coli O157, was detected in manure from the butter maker’s milking cows.

Tags:
  • Outbreak began:
  • November 2001
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Butter, Unpasteurized, Person-to-Person, raw cream, raw milk
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • School
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 202
  • 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:
  • 11
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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