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What CDC and Other Agencies Did in Response to the Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections From Spinach

September 16, 2006

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CDC has been using two food safety systems, PulseNet and OutbreakNet, to respond to the outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections. Following a call from Wisconsin’s state epidemiologist on Friday September 8 regarding four cases of hemolytic-uremic syndrome in the state, CDC has been working collaboratively with state health departments and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rapidly detect infections, identify the cause of the infections, and provide information on treatment and prevention of E. coli O157:H7 infection for the public and health care providers.

The outbreak is still going on, and there is still a great deal of epidemiological and laboratory work to be performed quickly to determine the source of the outbreak and to control it.

Page last modified September 18, 2006
Content source: National Center for Infectious Diseases

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