Child care-associated outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and hemolytic uremic syndrome

Ryan M. Raffaelli, Marc Paladini, Heather Hanson, Laura Kornstein, Alice Agasan, Sally Slavinski, Don Weiss, Glenn J. Fennelly, Joseph T. Flynn

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Abstract

We present an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 diarrhea in an urban child care center. Eleven of 45 attendees with diarrhea had positive tests (stool culture or shiga-like toxin assay) for E. coli O157:H7. Two of these 11 (18%) progressed to hemolytic uremic syndrome. Diarrheal illness in child care centers should be considered a public health risk. Staff education, hand washing, and cohorting or exclusion of attendees with diarrhea must be performed to help control infectious outbreaks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)951-953
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Volume26
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

Keywords

  • Child care
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Public health

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