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Georgia Barbeque Restaurant Barbeque Pork July, 1999

An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium var Copenhagen was linked to eating barbeque pork at a Habersham County, Georgia, restaurant. BBQ was the only food item statistically associated with illness. Three persons were hospitalized during their acute illness, including a woman was pregnant with twins. After becoming ill, two days after eating at the restaurant, the pregant woman went into premature labor. Although the newborns were treated with intravenous antibiotics at birth and released from the hospital, they were readmitted two days later with infections due to Salmonella Typhimurium var Copenhagen. Cultures of refrigerated BBQ leftovers detected S. Typhimurium var Copenhagen. The PFGE patterns of the S. Typhimurium isolates from patients, leftover BBQ, and the two infants were identical. Stool specimens from food handlers were all negative.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 1999
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Georgia
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pork, Barbeque
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 20
  • 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:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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