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2017 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Catered Event, Pierce County, Washington

Public health officials in Pierce County, Washington investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis that occurred in July 2017. Twenty people became ill with symptoms consistent with infection of Clostridium perfringens. The implicated catered meal date was July 15, 2017. Investigators suspected the contaminated vehicle was roast beef. No one sought medical care and no one died.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2017
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Washington
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • roast beef
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Catered meal
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 20
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 20
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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