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E. coli O157:H7

KSU Researchers Develop Genetic Test to Help Detect E. coli in Beef Cattle

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Researchers at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, have developed a genetic test that could help the cattle industry more rapidly and accurately detect pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7. Leading the project is Lance Noll, veterinary biomedical science graduate student; T.G. Nagaraja, university distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, and Jianfa Bai, assistant… Continue Reading

CDC: E. coli Outbreak Linked to Wolverine Ground Beef Appears Over

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A four-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections that sickened 12 people and was associated with the May 19 recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef from Wolverine Packing Company appears to be over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Friday. The illnesses all began between April 22 and May 2,… Continue Reading

Kansas Officials Say Four of Seven Current E. coli Cases Linked to Private Event

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Four cases of E. coli O157:H7 in the Wichita, KS, area stem from contamination at a private event and are not related to last Monday’s Wolverine Packing Co. recall of about 1.8 million pounds of pathogen-tainted beef. Those infected at the private event, about which no details were released, include two people from Sedgwick County… Continue Reading

CDC: Fast Work and Strong Epidemiological Evidence Led to Source of E. Coli Outbreak

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is praising state health officials and other collaborators for their work in identifying ground beef from the Wolverine Packing Company as the source of a multi-state E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. “A lot of the footwork was done in the state health departments,” Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy… Continue Reading

CDC Investigation: Multistate Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Recalled Ground Beef

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Monday evening that it is collaborating with public health officials in several states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections. The likely source of the infections, CDC reported, is… Continue Reading

Four-State, 11-Person E. coli Outbreak Prompts 1.8 Million-Pound Meat Recall

Cases reported in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio

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Wolverine Packing Co. of Detroit, MI, is recalling approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Monday. At the time that the recall was issued, there were 11 illnesses linked to the recalled product. The ground beef… Continue Reading

Two Cases of E. Coli in Western Michigan Linked To Raw Milk

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Two cases of E. coli 0157:H7 in Western Michigan have been linked to consumption of raw milk products from an Ottawa County cow-share program. In March, a 31-year-old Muskegon County woman became ill after drinking raw milk, and, in April, a six-year-old child from Kent County became ill after possible consumption of the raw-milk product…. Continue Reading

Food Safety Goals Combine Academic Research, Politics

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Barbara Kowalcyk, Ph.D., is a food safety advocate who co-founded the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention after her son, Kevin, died in 2001 from complications of an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Since earning a doctorate in 2011 from the University of Cincinnati in Environmental Health – Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Kowalcyk has been a… Continue Reading

Video: Parents of Sickened Girl Urge Others Not to Feed Children Raw Milk

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Kylee Young was 23 months old when she contracted an E. coli O157:H7 infection from drinking raw milk. The illness hospitalized her for months, caused her to have a stroke and eventually required her to receive a kidney transplanted from her mother. Kylee’s parents, Jill Brown and Jason Young, are now speaking out to urge… Continue Reading

A Mom and a Dairyman Plead: Don’t Feed Children Raw Milk

Kylee Young was a healthy two-year-old when she contracted an E. coli infection from drinking raw milk, an illness that caused a stroke and culminated in a kidney transplanted from her mom.

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Two years ago, when Oregon parents Jill Brown and Jason Young met Brad and Tricia Salyers, the families had no idea that they would eventually be sharing in a tragedy that sickened four of the Salyers’ children and left Brown and Young’s youngest child, Kylee – 23 months old at the time – with such… Continue Reading