2006 North American E. coli outbreak

2006 North American E. Coli Outbreak

2006 North American E. coli outbreak

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The 2006 North American E. coli outbreak was an outbreak, in two principal phases, of foodborne H7, a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration.

The initial outbreak occurred in September 2006 and its probable origin was an Angus cattle ranch that had leased land to spinach grower. A subsequent outbreak, in November–December 2006, was initially attributed to green onions served by two restaurant chains — Taco Bell and Taco John's — but later was determined to have been caused by fecal matter which contaminated iceberg lettuce.

All told, at least 276 consumer illnesses and 3 deaths have been attributed to the tainted produce.

First outbreak (spinach)

In September 2006, there was an outbreak of food-borne illness caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria found in uncooked spinach in 26 U.S. states.

By October 6, 2006 199 people had been infected, including three people who died and 31 who suffered a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic......
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