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2012 Outbreak of Campylobacter Associated with a Private Party, Minnesota

Eight people who attended a private party in Plymouth, Minnesota on July 14, 2012 became ill with Campylobacter jejuni infections. Two cases tested positive for Campylobacter jejuni subtype CMPC5 (Minnesota designation). A wide variety of homemade and pre-packaged foods were served at the party. Pre-packaged pulled pork purchased from a meat packing vendor was served but the host declined to provide information for the vendor. Both cases and controls consumed a wide variety of foods. The small number of non-ill controls prevented a meaningful statistical analysis of specific food items. In addition to the foods consumed at the party, the host had a swimming pool. He reported that approximately one-half of the party with swimming. However, only one case reported swimming. Public health investigators concluded this was a foodborne outbreak associated with a private party. The vehicle of transmission was not identified. The outbreak most likely resulted from improper cooking or cross contamination of a high risk food such as chicken.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • CMPC5 (Minnesota designation)
  • Location(s):
  • Private party
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 8
  • 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:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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