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Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections linked to cervids (deer, elk)

After yesterday’s announcement from the Oregon Department of Health that deer droppings were the culprit in the strawberry E. coli outbreak that has sickened 14 and killed one in Oregon, I got this email:

Looks like Bambi could use a good Deer Lawyer (Clarence Deerow?)

It got me thinking about the number of deer/elk related E. coli outbreaks over the last several years. Here is the growing list with references in the downloadable PDF:

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  • Doc Mudd

    Just the natural state of affairs. I think enviro-foodies refer to it as “biodiversity” — so, why are they acting all bewildered over this all-natural development?.
    Mother Nature is a laugh-a-minute, ain’t she?

  • Sam

    Add to this the reports that show e. coli can “hide” in plant tissues (not just the outside of the fruit), and one comes to the conclusion that no food is safe. I guess we are all doomed…
    But seriously, Jaquith farms will likely be driven out of business by lawsuits associated with this recall. Since one can not sue the pooping deer, the Jaquith family will be held ulitmately responsible. May not be fair, but that’s the way our food industry works.
    I would really like to know if e. coli was present only on the surface of the strawberries, or on internal tissue of the berries.

  • Margaret

    Dear Mr. Marler,
    Thank you for this chart. I was not aware until now o fthese deer/elk -associated E coli outbreaks.
    It’s obviously a growing concern for our produce supply, so I hope farmers are reading this blog !