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2016 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens, Golden Ponds Restaurant, NY

A November 2016 Thanksgiving dinner served at Golden Ponds Restaurant and Party House located in Rochester, New York was the source of a large outbreak of Clostridium perfringens. As many as 304 of the 800 people who were served meals became ill. Eighty four were interviewed and an additional 220 individuals reported illness but were not interviewed by public health officials. One stool specimen was positive for Clostridium perfringens. Four of the 84 individuals interviewed were hospitalized. Investigators determined that gravy was held for an extended period of time (8+ hours) on the stove top. The restaurant had no written temperature logs or written policy for monitoring temperatures, therefore there was no way to determine if proper holding temperatures were maintained.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 2016
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Gravy
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Golden Ponds Restaurant and Party House
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 304
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 1
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 83
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 220
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 4
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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