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Epidemiological investigation of the central Scotland outbreak of Escherichia coli O157 infection, November to December 1996.
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PMID:  11467789     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
On Friday, 22 November 1996, the microbiologist at a hospital in Lanarkshire, Scotland, identified presumptive Escherichia coli O157 in faecal specimens submitted by three patients with bloody diarrhoea, and confirmed its presence in one. Over the next 6 h, 12 more potential cases were identified. Investigations first indicated then confirmed a single food premises as the source of infection. Effective control measures were applied promptly. The outbreak was declared over on 20 January 1997, by which time 512 cases had been identified, and infection with the outbreak strain confirmed in 279. Twenty deaths occurred in cases during the outbreak and there were two more in cases during 1997. Seventeen of these deaths resulted from the outbreak. This paper describes the outbreak's epidemiological investigation, referring to other investigations, and control measures, where appropriate.
J M Cowden; S Ahmed; M Donaghy; A Riley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  126     ISSN:  0950-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  2001 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-24     Completed Date:  2001-08-09     Revised Date:  2010-05-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  335-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health, Clifton House, Glasgow.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Aged, 80 and over
Case-Control Studies
Child, Preschool
Cohort Studies
Disease Outbreaks / statistics & numerical data*
Escherichia coli Infections / epidemiology*,  etiology,  transmission
Escherichia coli O157* / classification
Feces / microbiology
Food Microbiology
Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*,  etiology
Meat / microbiology
Middle Aged
Population Surveillance
Scotland / epidemiology
Sex Distribution

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