An outbreak of E.coli O157 within a prison.

Authors: Turner-Wilson, A.L. and Salter, M.W.

Journal: British Journal of Infection Control

Volume: 3

Pages: 10-13

ISSN: 1469-0446

DOI: 10.1177/175717740200300203


Escherichia coli O157 can cause a life threatening infection. Over a two-week period in September 2000, 32 prisoners in North Dorset became infected with E. coli O157. None of the staff were affected. An outbreak caused by this organism had occurred in the prison four years previously. Investigations revealed that certain conditions in the prison provided an ideal environment for the transmission of gastrointestinal infections.

Source: Manual

Preferred by: Angela Turner-Wilson