Outbreak of Escherichia Coli O157:H7 Infections Associated With Drinking Unpasteurized Commercial Apple juice--British Columbia, California, Colorado, and Washington, October 1996

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1996 Nov 8;45(44):975.

Abstract

On October 30, 1996, the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health reported an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections epidemiologically associated with drinking Odwalla brand unpasteurized apple juice or Odwalla juice mixtures containing apple juice from a coffee shop chain, grocery stores, or other locations. A case was defined as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) or a stool culture yielding E. coli O157:H7 in a person who became ill after September 30, 1996, and drank Odwalla juice within 10 days before illness onset. As of November 6, British Columbia, California, Colorado, and Washington had reported a total of 45 cases.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Beverages / microbiology*
  • British Columbia / epidemiology
  • California / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Colorado / epidemiology
  • Diarrhea / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Escherichia coli Infections / diagnosis
  • Escherichia coli Infections / epidemiology*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / etiology
  • Escherichia coli O157* / isolation & purification
  • Female
  • Food Contamination
  • Foodborne Diseases / diagnosis
  • Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Foodborne Diseases / microbiology
  • Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Washington / epidemiology