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Quick Update: What Bugs Are Making The Rounds (September - November 2018)

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O26 in ground beef, September 2018 September 19, 2018, Cargill Meat Solutions (Fort Morgan, CO) recalled ground beef products Produced and packaged on June 21, 2018 and were shipped to retailers nationwide. See list of recalled products and retail locations 18 cases in 4 states, 6 hospitalization and 1 death PFGE and whole-genome sequencing (WGS) suggested a common source WGS did not find genes conferring antibiotic resistance Leftover ground beef from home of ill persons: positive for the same bug Appears to be over Review on STEC bugs O157 and non-O157 “Big Six” (O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145) May cause hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) Salmonella

PEERA HEMARAJATA, M.D., PH.D., D(ABMM)

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