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Date:

March 9, 2000

Subject:

Hamberger disease?

 

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From the table below 158 or 1/3 of the cases are from food. Of the
food born cases 118 are from organic sources or sources claiming
to be natural. That is 24% of the total cases and 74% of the food born
cases. The only thing that caused more cases of e. coli 157 is
hand to hand contact.

Looks to me like it should be called organic food disease not
hamburger disease.

It looks like the biggest cause is hand to hand contact and
restaurants. I would expect that most of the unknowns in
restaurants are from fecal contamination by improper hand
washing. So close to half the cases could have been prevented
if we had paid attention when our mother told us to wash our
hands.

Gordon
Gordon Couger gcouger@couger.com
Stillwater, OK www.couger.com/gcouger
405 624-2855

118 or 24% were organic lettuce and natural apple juice
18 or 4% were from ground beef
22 or 5% were from apple juice
157 or 32 % were unknown
126 or 26 % were hand to hand
107 or 21% were in restaurants (contains some unknown)
.
Table 1: Clusters/Outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 infections
reported to CDC in 1996.
> (These data are preliminary and subject to change)
> # Month State Setting No. Likely vehicle or mode
> Ill of spread
> 1 4 TX Home 3 Ground beef
> 2 5 CT & IL Home 47 Lettuce (organic)
> 3 6 WA Pool 4 Swimming
> 4 6 MN Lake 8 Swimming
> 5 6 NY Restaurant 61 Unknown
> 6 6 MI & OH Restaurant 10 Unknown
> 7 6 NH & MA Community 29 Unknown
> 8 6 MN Day-care 7 Person-to-person
> 9 6 OR Picnic 38 Unknown
> 10 6 NY Nursing home 5 Person-to-person
> 11 6 PA Day-care 3 Person-to-person
> 12 6 NC Day-care 2 Person-to-person
> 13 7 NV Party 2 Ground beef
> 14 7 GA Pool 18 Swimming
> 15 7 MO Community 3 Unknown
> 16 8 PA Party 9 Ground beef
> 17 8 MN Day-care 8 Person-to-person
> 18 8 MS School 36 Person-to-person
> 19 8 MN Day-care 63 Person-to-person
> 20 9 VT Fair/Festival 11 Unknown
> 21 9 RI Community 5 Unknown
> 22 9 NY Day-care 9 Person-to-person
> 23 9 OR Restaurant 7 Ground beef
> 24 10 CA,WA,CO Community 71 Apple juice
> (unpasteurized
> natural)
> 25 10 CT Home 14 Apple cider
> 26 10 MN Day-care 3 Person-to-person
> 27 10 WA Fair/Festival 8 Apple cider
> 28 11 IL Home 2 Venison
> 29 12 OR Home 4 Venison
> Total 488
>
> Copyright 1999 by Hudson Institute.
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