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Epidemiol Infect. 1989 Oct;103(2):249-54.

A christening party outbreak of haemorrhagic colitis and haemolytic uraemic syndrome associated with Escherichia coli O 157.H7.

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West Midlands Regional Health Authority, Birmingham.

Abstract

A point source outbreak of haemorrhagic colitis due to Escherichia coli O 157.H7 producing verocytotoxin (VT), took place following a christening party in Birmingham in June 1987. Twenty-six people were affected, six were admitted to hospital and one developed haemolytic uraemic syndrome: there were no deaths. VT + E. coli O 157.H7 was isolated from 13 (57%) of 23 faecal specimens from affected people and from 3 (9%) of 33 specimens from asymptomatic people. Free VT was detected in the faeces of one further asymptomatic person. Illness was associated with eating turkey-roll sandwiches (P less than 0.001) suggesting that cold meats might be an important source of infection.

PMID:
2680545
PMCID:
PMC2249521
DOI:
10.1017/s0950268800030600
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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