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2012 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a catered picnic, King County, Washington

In June 2012 an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens among attendees at a catered picnic was reported by Public Health Seattle King County in Washington state. There were 237 illnesses. No one was hospitalized and there were no deaths. Both leftover food and stool from ill attendees tested positive for C. perfringens. An investigation of the caterer revealed evidence of temperature abuse including improper cooling, and insufficient hot and cold holding. The caterer was temporarily closed to correct observed violations in food handling procedures.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Washington
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Catered picnic
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 237
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • No
  • 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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