O157:H7 can affect anyone but is more likely to infect the very young (under 5 years), the elderly, and immuno-compromised patients. Those working in slaughterhouses, farms, hospitals, nursing homes, nursery schools, and food preparation locations are also at more risk due to increased exposure.
More information about E. coli O157:H7
[submitted by Keith Schneider, Univ of Florida, (authors: Schneider, Goodrich and Kirby)]
[team reviewers: Susan Kerr, Washington State Univ., Charles Stoltenow, North Dakota State University, and Barry Brennan, Univ of Hawaii-Manoa]