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2012 Outbreak of Rotavirus Associated with a Potluck, Minneapolis, Minnesota

In December 2012 Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials investigated an outbreak of rotavirus occurring among attendees of a potluck held at a church in Minneapolis. Approximately 100 members of an extended family attended, however, only 9 potluck attendees agreed to be interviewed. Four persons met the case definition. Stool samples collected from two persons tested positive for rotavirus at the MDH Public Health Laboratory. The limited number of cases and non-ill controls precluded a meaningful statistical analysis of food exposures. One attendee told investigators that a family member had been ill with gastroenteritis for "several weeks" prior to the event and that she prepared meatballs. However, she was not interviewed. Public health officials described this as a probable foodborne outbreak of rotavirus gastroenteritis associated with a potluck. The vehicle and source were not identified. Person-to-person transmission could not be ruled out.

  • Outbreak began:
  • December 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Rotavirus
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Potluck
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 4
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 2
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 2
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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