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2014 Outbreak of Salmonella, Living Word Tabernacle, North Carolina

Nearly 70 people got sick after eating potluck meals served at a 4-day church conference sponsored by the Living Word Tabernacle in Bessemer City, North Carolina. More than 400 people attended the conference held between October 1-5, 2014. Health officials isolated Salmonella in specimens submitted by 7 patients. Investigators determined that Boston butts prepared by a church member were the likely source of illness.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 2014
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • North Carolina
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pork, BBQ
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Church conference
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Living Word Tabernacle
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 70
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 7
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 63
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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