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Microbiology 7

A 5-year-old girl is brought to the emergency department by her parents because she has had two episodes of bloody diarrhea over the past three days and developed the inability to move her lower extremities two hours ago. Her parents state that they recently came back from a camping trip. Shortly after coming back from trip, the patient stated trouble moving her feet and then the symptoms progressed. Past medical history is unremarkable. The parents also report that they each had a few days of mild joint pain after the camping trip, but these symptoms have resolved. Physical examination reveals absent patellar reflexes bilaterally and 2+ brachioradialis reflexes bilaterally.

Consumption of which of the following foods is the most likely cause of this patient’s symptoms?

  • A) Fried rice
  • B) Mayonnaise
  • C) Raw shellfish
  • D) Undercooked beef
  • E) Undercooked chicken


Dr. Ted O'Connell


Dr. Ted O'Connell

Last updated

May 10, 2022

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