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1993 Outbreak of Campylobacter and Salmonella Heidelberg at a Brooklyn, New York Nursing Home Linked to Consumption of Chopped Liver

A mixed outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni and Salmonella Heidelberg occurred at a Brooklyn, New York, nursing home. Of the 93 symptomatic nursing home residents who submitted stool specimens for culture, the cultures were positive for S. heidelberg in 24 (26%), C. jejuni in 14 (15%), and both microorganisms in 25 (27%). Only the pureed diet was associated highly with infection by either Salmonella or Campylobacter. Among the 42 pureed foods served during the 5 days before the outbreak, five meat or poultry items were associated most strongly with culture positivity. Of these five meat items, only a chopped-liver salad was implicated by the two employees reporting illness. A reported food-handling error occurred when ground, cooked chicken livers were placed in a bowl containing raw chicken-liver juices.

  • Outbreak began:
  • Unknown 1993
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter, Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Poultry, Chicken, Chicken liver, Chopped, Chicken Liver Salad
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Nursing Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 119
  • 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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