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1996 Outbreak of Cryptosporidium Infections Linked to Unpasteurized, Apple Cider, New York

In October, the Cortland County Health Department (CCHD) was notified of about 10 cases of, laboratory-confirmed, cryptosporidiosis. All case-patients reported drinking apple cider produced at a local cider mill (mill A). A total of 20 confirmed and 11 suspected cases were ultimately identified from 19 households. The implicated cider mill purchased all apples for cider pressing from one New York orchard. The owner of the orchard reported that only picked apples were sold to the cider mill, and drop apples were sold for use in processed or pasteurized foods. Before pressing, the mill washed and brushed the apples using water from a 45-foot drilled well; preservatives were not added to the cider. Although dairy livestock were not maintained by the orchard, the cider mill was located across the road from a dairy farm. Testing of remaining cider samples, swabs of equipment surfaces, and water from the drilled well did not yield Cryptosporidium. However, coliform bacteria were detected in four water samples. E. coli was detected in one sample.

  • Outbreak began:
  • September 1996
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York
  • Organism(s):
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Juice, Apple, Unpasteurized
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Cider Mill
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 31
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 20
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 11
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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