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Defining Moments in MMWR History: 1993 E. coli O157:H7 Hamburger Outbreak


During the 1993 E. coli O157 outbreak, four children died, and approximately 700 persons in four states became ill with severe and often bloody diarrhea after eating hamburgers from fast food restaurants. The first reports of CDC’s investigation into this deadly outbreak were published in MMWR. In this podcast, Dr. Beth Bell shares what it was like to serve as one of CDC’s lead investigators – a boots-on-the-ground disease detective -- for the historic outbreak. Created: 5/31/2017 by MMWR. Date Released: 5/31/2017. Series Name: Defining Moments in MMWR History.

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