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Cruise Ship German Potato Salad 1989

An outbreak of Shigella flexneri 4a occurred among passengers and crew of a cruise ship while the ship travelled through the Caribbean Sea. A case-control study implicated the German potato salad as the vehicle of transmission. The salad was probably contaminated by one of the infected crew members. The Shigella was resistant to multiple antibiotics.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 1989
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Produce-Only Salad, Potato, German style
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Cruise ship
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 84
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 13
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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