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2002 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Jello, Ohio

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to eating at the King Garden Buffet Restaurant in Wooster, Ohio. The health department determined that the outbreak had been caused by consumption of Jell-O salad and doughnuts. An environmental inspection of the restaurant revealed many problems, including “raw meat stored above the Jell-O in the refrigerator.”

  • Outbreak began:
  • September 2002
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Ohio
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Jell-O, Cross contamination Breads and Bakery, Doughnuts, donuts
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • King Garden Buffet
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 13
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 11
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 2
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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