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Cougar Jerky 1995

A hunter shot and killed a cougar and then prepared jerky from the cougar meat by brining and smoking the meat. He never heated the meat to a high enough temperature to kill the trinchinella larva that were still contained in the meat. An outbreak of trichinellosis ensued when the hunter and nine friends ate the jerky. Live trichinella larva were isolated from the jerky.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 1995
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Idaho
  • Organism(s):
  • Other
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Game, Cougar, Jerky
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 10
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 10
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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