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2006 School Potluck Ground Beef

Attendees of a school potluck in Alaska contracted Salmonella Typhimurium. At least 47 people became ill; some of the illnesses were confirmed by stool culture. Genetic testing on the Salmonella Typhimurium proved that all laboratory confirmed cases were the same genetic strain. An epidemiological study found that consumption of ground beef served at the potluck significantly increased the risk of illness. Salmonella Typhimurium isolated from leftover meat genetically matched the Salmonella Typhimurium that had been isolated from the people. The cause of the outbreak was determined to be improper handling and cooking of the beef.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2006
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Alaska
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef, Ground Beef
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • School
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 47
  • 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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