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Des Moines Wedding Pork Sausage 1990

People who attended a wedding on July 14, and ate raw pork sausage, developed trichinellosis. Most of the people who attended the wedding originated from Southeast Asia where it is customary to eat raw pork; the hazards of eating raw or undercooked pork were not appreciated. The meat packing company that supplied the pork slaughtered thousands of pigs a day from hundreds of farms. It was not possible to trace the pork back to the source farm.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 1990
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Other
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pork, Pork Sausage
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 90
  • 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:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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