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Central Lousiana State Psychiatric Hospital Chicken Salad 2010

Chicken salad was implicated in an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens among psychiatric patients and staff at the Central Louisiana State Hospital, in Pineville. Those who had eaten the chicken salad were 23 times more likely to show symptoms. The outbreak led to three deaths. The investigation suggested that the chicken salad had been improperly stored (not kept at the correct temperature). Enterotoxin-producing Clostridium perfringens was isolated from leftover chicken.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 2010
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Poultry-based salad, chicken salad
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Psychiatric hospital
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 54
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 3
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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