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Title: Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Feral Swine Near Spinach Fields and Cattle, Central California Coast

Author
item JAY, MICHELE
item Cooley, Michael - Mike
item Carychao, Diana
item WISCOMB, GERALD
item SWEITZER, RICHARD
item CRAWFORD-MIKSZA, LETA
item FARRAR, JEFF
item LAU, DAVID
item O'CONNELL, JANICE
item MILLINGTON, ANNE
item ASMUNDSON, RODERICK
item ATWILL, EDWARD
item Mandrell, Robert

Submitted to: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/5/2007
Publication Date: 9/14/2007
Citation: Jay, M.T., Cooley, M.B., Carychao, D.K., Wiscomb, G.W., Sweitzer, R.A., Crawford-Miksza, L., Farrar, J.A., Lau, D.K., O'Connell, J., Millington, A., Asmundson, R.V., Atwill, E.R., Mandrell, R.E. 2007. Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Feral Swine Near Spinach Fields and Cattle, Central California Coast. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 13:12.

Interpretive Summary: The pathogen E. coli O157:H7 has been shown to infect produce. E. coli O157:H7 was isolated from agricultural environments, including ferel swine, cattle, water, sediment and soil during a nationwide outbreak investigation, associated with spinach in 2007.

Technical Abstract: We investigated involvement of feral swine in contamination of agriculture fields and surface waterways with Escherichia coli O157:H7 after a nationwide outbreak traced to bagged spinach from California. Isolates from feral swine, cattle, surface water, sediment, and soil at 1 ranch were matched to the outbreak strain.