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E. coli O26 Outbreaks
- Cargill Ground Beef – 18 people in 4 states were sickened in an outbreak of E. coli O26 associated with Cargill ground beef. Illness-onset dates ranged from July 5 to July 25, 2018. Of the 18 people sickened, 6 were hospitalized, one of whom had a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. One person in Florida died. Cargill Meat Solutions, a Colorado establishment, recalled about 132,606 pounds of ground beef products.
- Chipotle Restaurants – From October of 2015 to December of the same year, at least 60 people were diagnosed with E. coli O26 infections in two outbreaks, one involving 11 states, the other involving 3 different states. Of these patients, twenty-two were so sick that they were hospitalized. Pritzker Hageman attorneys, who have been hired by many of the people sickened, filed a lawsuit against Chipotle. It was not until early 2016 that the source of these illnesses, Chipotle restaurants, was made public, so you may still have time to join others and sue for compensation. Although the specific food item that caused the illness was not determined, the CDC said the restaurants were the likely source of the illnesses after analyzing interviews with people who were sickened.
- Contaminated Beef – In the spring of 2000, a cluster of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O26:H11 was identified in Germany (Werber). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was consulted during the investigation. Pathogen surveillance was used to find the people sickened in the outbreak. Investigators determined that contaminated beef was the source of the illnesses.
- Contaminated Water – On June 28, 2001, health officials received a report of a diagnosis of an E. coli O26 infection in of a 2-year-old girl with hemorrhagic (bloody) diarrhea (3). An epidemiological investigation (interviews and site inspections) found that the patient’s family used natural water supplied by a water facility run by the local community for uses such as bathing, washing dishes, etc. Water specimens from the the two source-points of the community water facility tested positive for E coli O26.
- Dambrosioa A., et. al, Escherichia coli O26 in minced beef: Prevalence, characterization and antimicrobial resistance pattern, International Journal of Food Microbiology, Volume 118, Issue 2, 15 September 2007, Pages 218-222.
- Werber, Dirk, et. al, A Multistate Outbreak of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli O26:H11 Infections in Germany, Detected by Molecular Subtyping Surveillance, © 2002 The University of Chicago Press.
- Hoshina, Ken, et. al, Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O26 Outbreak Caused by Contaminated Natural Water Supplied by Facility Owned by Local Community, Jpn. J. Infect. Dis., 54, 247-248, 2001.