E. coli Outbreak
Disease Detectives Investigate New Cases
Our “disease detectives” had their work cut out for them during last year’s E. coli O145 outbreak – the largest of its kind in the U.S. and the first for this strain to spread as a food borne illness. The five-state outbreak involved 26 confirmed and seven probable cases, including students and employees of a local university and other residents of Columbus and Franklin County.
Working in collaboration with county, state and federal partners, Columbus Public Health worked to prevent the spread of illness and helped identify the contaminated food – shredded Romaine lettuce. Thanks to the quick work of our disease detectives, federal partners were then able to identify the Arizona field where the lettuce was grown and trace the contamination source.