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2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo Infections Linked to Aggie Jennings' Unlicensed Catering, North Dakota

Aggie Jennings of rural McLean County, North Dakota, catered three events (2 weddings, 1 reunion) in mid-June that led to three separate outbreaks of Salmonella Montevideo. Ms. Jennings' catering operation was not licensed. Salmonella Montevideo is a strain that is often associated with baby chickens, and Ms. Jennings raised chickens. At one catered event, consumption of the potato salad was associated with illness, however no food samples tested positive for salmonella. At another event, ground beef that had been served as taco meat was associated with illness; the taco meat tested positive for the presence of Salmonella Montevideo. At the third event, shredded beef and noodle salad tested positive for Salmonella Montevideo. Ms. Jennings had purchased her chicks from a hatchery whose chicks had been implicated in an outbreak of the same strain of Salmonella Montevideo in 2007.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2009
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • North Dakota
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Egg Dishes, Potato Salad, Beef, Ground beef Beef, Shredded beef, Grains, Pasta Dishes, Noodle salad,
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • PFGE pattern 21
  • Location(s):
  • Banquet Facility
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 179
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 38
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 110
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 10
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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