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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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1985 Outbreak of Trichinosis at a Birthday Party Linked to Consumption of Grizzly Bear Meat, Alaska

Bear meat had been frozen for approximately 3 weeks prior to a birthday party. The frozen meat was cut into bite-sized pieces and reportedly cooked in a soup with vegetables. The meat was blamed for an outbreak of trichinosis. No samples of the meat or the soup remained for analysis. Epidemiologic and experimental studies suggest that the arctic strain of T. spiralis, the strain of trichinella most common in game in Alaska, may be more resistant to cold than those found in pork.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 1985
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Alaska
  • Organism(s):
  • Other
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Game, Bear
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home, Private Party
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 9
  • 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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