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This database provides summaries of significant food and water related outbreaks occurring since 1984 caused by E. coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Campylobacter and other pathogens. Read more »

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1984 Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Inadequately Pasteurized Milk, Kentucky

A convent in Kentucky had its own dairy herd and pasteurized its own milk. In March, the convent began purchasing milk from another dairy farm in the area. This purchased milk was reportedly pasteurized at the convent, but tests suggested that the pasteurization process applied was not adequate. An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium resulted; persons who drank the milk were approximately six times more likely to become ill. Since the fall of 1983, the neighbor's dairy herd reportedly had a recurrent problem with gastroenteritis; no fecal sampling of the cattle was done.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 1984
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Kentucky
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Convent
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 16
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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