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2008 Outbreak of Arcobacter butzleri Among Attendees of a Wedding Reception, Wisconsin

In October 2008 local and state health officials in Wisconsin and Minnesota investigated an outbreak of Arcobacter butzleri among attendees at a wedding reception held at a rural banquet and catering facility. Among the 280 guests, 51 individuals had illnesses meeting the case definition of having diarrhea within 7 days of the reception held on October 17. Four of 5 stool specimens were positive for Arcobacter by PCR. There was strong epidemiologic evidence between illness and consumption of chicken at the reception. No case sought medical attention or were hospitalized. There were no deaths.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 2008
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Wisconsin
  • Organism(s):
  • Other, Arcobacter butzleri
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Chicken
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Catered Event
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 51
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 4
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 47
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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