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Australia Uncooked, Semi-Dry Fermented Sausage 1995, Non O157 E. coli

An outbreak of E. coli O111:NM in South Australia was associated with eating uncooked, semi-dry, fermented sausage that had been produced by a single manufacturer. E.coli O111:NM was isolated in the sausage and matched the strain that had been isolated from ill persons. The E.coli was PCR-positive for shiga-like toxin (SLT) genes and fermented sorbitol. This strain would not have been detected by sorbitol-MacConkey medium, which was the then recommended laboratory testing medium for E.coli O157:H7 screening. Screening by PCR assisted in this outbreak investigation, however this method was not typically available at the time.

  • Outbreak began:
  • December 1994
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, mettwurst
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Unknown
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 81
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 54
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 27
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1

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