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2010 E. coli O157 outbreak linked to faulty wastewater system, Mississippi

In November 2010 the Mississippi State Department of Health investigated a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases in the Tombigbee Public Health District IV (Starkville/Columbus area). Nine patients were confirmed with E. coli O157:H7 and 4 patients were considered to be probable cases. All 13 individuals resided in 3 households that shared a sewage system. Investigators attributed the outbreak to a failed wastewater system and pooled untreated sewage.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 2010
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Mississippi
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Sewage
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 13
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 9
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 4
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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