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2009 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Vacuum-Packed Hot-Smoked Whitefish, France

Three members of the same French family developed botulism after eating a vacuum-packed whitefish. The fish had been purchased by the family, on August 22, during a recent visit to Finland and was consumed several weeks after purchase. No leftover fish was available to confirm this hypothesis. The fish had originally been processed and packaged in Canada. Vacuum packed hot-smoked whitefish had previously been associated with botulism in multiple countries, including Finland, Germany, the USA, and Israel.

  • Outbreak began:
  • September 2009
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Seafood, Finfish, Whitefish
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 3
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 1
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 2
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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