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2003 Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Bear Meat

In December, a 54 year-old, New York resident, was reported to have Trichinellosis. His illness symptoms included: fever; weakness; rapid heart rate; diarrhea; a dry cough. He had eaten about two pounds of nearly raw, bear meat during the two weeks before illness onset. The meat was purchased from an upstate New York slaughterhouse and had been frozen before consumption. Packages of bear meat from the slaughterhouse were analyzed by the USDA and found to contain Trichinella nativa worms. Trichinellosis is a parasitic disease caused by eating raw, or undercooked, wild game or pork that were infected with the larva of the Trichina worm.

  • Outbreak began:
  • December 2003
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York
  • Organism(s):
  • Other
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Game, Bear
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • 3S, Albertson's
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 1
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 1
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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