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2017 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens, Sumner, Washington

In August 2017 Tacoma Pierce County Health Department officials investigated an outbreak of suspected Clostridium perfringens. Fifteen people reported illness after attending an August 19 catered event. No one submitted specimens for laboratory testing. No one sought medical care and no one died. Investigators suspected that a chicken dish was the contaminated vehicle.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2017
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Washington
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Chicken
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Catered Event
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 15
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 15
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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