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frozen hamburgers. Gallegos asked if there were any left. Harding said there just might be, checked the freezer, and found the package. It was
a red, white, and blue box that said “Hudson Beef Patties.”
A Pueblo health official went to Harding’s house, took the remaining hamburgers, and sent one to a USDA laboratory for analysis. State
health officials had noticed a spike in the number of people suffering from E. coli 0157:H7 infections. At the time Colorado was one of only
six states with the capability to perform DNA tests on samples of E. coli 0157:H7. The DNA tests showed that at least ten people had been
sickened by the same strain of the bug. Investigators were searching for a common link between scattered cases reported in Pueblo, Brighton,
Loveland, Grand Junction, and Colorado Springs. On July 28, the USDA lab notified Gallegos that Lee Harding’s hamburger was
contaminated with the same strain of E. coli 0157:H7. Here was the common link.
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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