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2010 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Church Dinner, Kansas

An outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred among people who ate at the November 8 turkey dinner held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arkansas City, Kansas. More than 1800 people attended the dinner. Illness symptoms included: vomiting; diarrhea; abdominal pain and cramping. As of November 23, no specific food items were named as the vehicle(s) of infection however many Clostridium perfringens outbreaks are associated with inadequately heated or reheated beef, turkey or chicken.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 2010
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Kansas
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Turkey
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Church
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 179
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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