Hamburger-associated Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection in Las Vegas: a hidden epidemic.

  title={Hamburger-associated Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection in Las Vegas: a hidden epidemic.},
  author={Paul R. Cieslak and Stephen Noble and D J Maxson and L C Empey and O Ravenholt and G Legarza and J. W. Tuttle and Michael P Doyle and Timothy J. Barrett and J. Gipson Wells and Ann Marie Mcnamara and Patricia M. Griffin},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={87 2},
OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine whether a multistate fast food hamburger-associated outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection involved Las Vegas residents as well and, if so, why public health officials had not detected it. METHODS A matched case-control study was conducted among persons with bloody diarrhea and their healthy meal companions. Hamburger production, distribution, and cooking methods were reviewed. Unused hamburger patties were cultured, and E. coli O157:H7… CONTINUE READING

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