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Outbreak of Escherichia Coli O157:H7 in a Child Care Center in Cook County, Illinois, with Prolonged Shedding and Household Transmission

During the investigation of an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in a child care center, illness logs were reviewed and parents interviewed to identify classroom and household exposures.

Costs incurred by the center and the public health laboratory were estimated from self-administered questionnaires. We conclude that household transmission played a role in this outbreak and estimate the cost of investigation and intervention at over $6,000 per case.

Author: Gallagher L, Soyemi K, Conover C, Austin C, Saathoff-Huber L, Nelson S, Chodoba M, Vernon M

Citation: Volume 41, Issue 10 , Pages 936-938, October 2013

Published: 19/07/2013

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: American Journal of Infection Control