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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1995 Mar 10;44(9):157-60.

Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to commercially distributed dry-cured salami--Washington and California, 1994.


From November 16 through December 21, 1994, a total of 20 laboratory-confirmed cases of diarrhea caused by Escherichia coli O157:H7 were reported to the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health (SKCDPH). In comparison, three cases were reported during October 1994. Epidemiologic investigation linked E. coli O157:H7 infection with consumption of a commercial dry-cured salami product distributed in several western states. Three additional cases subsequently were identified in northern California. This report summarizes preliminary findings from the outbreak investigation.

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