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1995 Salmonella enteritidis Linked to Homemade Turkey Stuffing, Las Vegas

Six persons who attended a Thanksgiving dinner at a private home and one person who ate Thanksgiving dinner leftovers became ill. Two people were hospitalized due to dehydration. Another person was found comatose at home and subsequently died from dehydration and blood infection. Salmonella Enteritidis was isolated from three people. The stuffing appeared to be the outbreak vehicle although this could not be confirmed as no food remained for testing. Raw eggs had been used to prepare the stuffing. Salmonella Enteritidis associated with raw egg consumption had been reported previously. Contributing factors associated with this outbreak included inadequate thawing of the turkey, use of raw eggs in the stuffing, and undercooking of the turkey and the stuffing.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 1995
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Nevada
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Grains, Stuffing Eggs
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 7
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 3
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 4
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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