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All-Inclusive Resort-British West Indies Food Worker 2002

In November 2002, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre reported an outbreak of Shigella sonnei infections among guests of an all-inclusive resort in the British West Indies. Vacationers from the United States (n=25), Canada (n=40), and the United Kingdom (n=5) were among 78 cases identified. A genetically indistinguishable strain of Shigella sonnei was isolated from the stool of 14 cases. Illness was associated with fruit juice consumption. Employees had bare hand contact during juice preparation. Restaurant inspection revealed inadequate utensils, poor handwashing technique, and poor temperature control. It seemed likely to the investigators that a food service employee who had been shedding Shigella transmitted the organism to guests by contaminating juice during preparation.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 2002
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Fruit Juice
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Resort
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 78
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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