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THE E. COLI O157:H7 BACTERIA Sources, Characteristics, and Identification Escherichia coli (E. coli) is an archetypal commensal bacterial species that lives in mammalian intestines. E. coli O157:H7 is one of thousands of serotypes E. coli.[1] The combination of letters and numbers in the name of E. coli O157:H7 refers to the specific antigens (proteins which provoke an antibody response) found on the body, as well as on the tail, or flagellum,[2] and distinguish…
According to Food Safety News, the E. coli outbreak in southwest Utah that has already killed two is growing, and public health officials there have warned people to avoid consuming raw milk or recently purchased ground beef. Officials with the Southwest Utah Public Health Department initially reported six victims in a July 3 health alert. As of Tuesday, 11 victims had been confirmed. The first victim was a 3-year-old boy who died in June. He…
Five-year-old Aubrey Anderson from Hutchinson, Kansas, was released from Wesley Medical Center after being hospitalized for a month with hemolytic uremic syndrome. Aubrey was released from the hospital to recover at home because her mother is a registered nurse. Public health officials have yet to identify the source of Aubrey’s illness, and she will continue medical follow-up for months to years. Initial indications were that her kidneys were functioning, so the family is optimistic…
The Charlotte Observer reported yesterday on the closure of Carniceria & Taqueria Hermanos Chavez in Newton.  The restaurant was closed on Friday after dozens of people became ill with Salmonella infections after eating at the restaurant, according to Catawba County health officials.  As reported by the Observer: Since Oct. 31, nearly 100 people have reported having salmonella symptoms — including diarrhea, vomiting, cramping, headache and fever — and 13 cases had been confirmed by Tuesday,…
A recent article in the Salt Lake Tribune highlighted common myths about food safety, including myths about irradiation and E. coli: Myth: It’s unsafe to eat meat or other foods that have been irradiated. Reality: Federal health officials say irradiation kills E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter and other organisms that make consumers sick without posing health risks or significantly reducing nutritional quality or taste. What to do: If you’re concerned, check the label. The Food and…
A second case of E. coli poisoning in the widespread outbreak blamed on fresh spinach has been confirmed in Marion County, the Oregon Public Health Division said in an interview with The Statesman Journal Monday. An 11-year-old girl was confirmed late Friday as having illness caused by E. coli O157:H7 infection. She was not hospitalized and did not develop complications associated with hemolytic uremic syndrome. 

 The case was confirmed by the Oregon Public…
Maryland public health officials said yesterday that three of the state’s four pending cases of E. coli O157 illness are not linked to a nationwide outbreak caused by bad spinach. Officials told the Washington Post they continue to investigate the death of an 86-year-old Hagerstown woman and hope to receive test results within a week. But those results might prove inconclusive, because of problems associated with a sample.  All told, only three of the state’s…
In the wake of the now infamous ConAgra ground beef recall that sickened scores of Americans coast to coast, I called upon anyone who would listen in my op-ed piece for the Denver Post to put me out of business – please. I said: “For this trial lawyer, E. coli has been a far too successful practice – and a heart-breaking one. I am tired of visiting with horribly sick kids who did not…