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1989 Outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis linked to fast food, Minnesota

A large outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis was associated with eating food served from a fast food restaurant. One employee became developed gastroenteritis just one day prior to the first illness in restaurant customers. Stool collected from this employee yielded Salmonella enteritidis. A case control study involving case-patients who had eaten meals prepared during the same work shifts as the infected employee implicated curly-fried potatoes and ice as the vehicles of infection. Both of these items had been handled with the employee's bare hands. Food workers who worked on the same shift as the index case employee also became ill. In turn, they infected additional restaurant patrons.

  • Outbreak began:
  • September 1989
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Food Worker Vegetables, Potatoes, Curly Fries Water, Ice
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 37
  • 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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