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Ice-Slush Beverage 1988

In the summer of 1988, an outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among people who had visited Peters Creek, Alaska, and drank an ice-slush drink at the local convenience store. The drink was prepared daily with tap water from a bathroom sink using utensils stored beside the toilet. The market's employees denied having hepatitis symptoms; four were tested and had no evidence of recent hepatitis infection. The remaining employee refused testing; a household contact of this employee had recent, confirmed hepatitis A infection and reported that the employee had been jaundiced.

Tags:
  • Outbreak began:
  • December 1988
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Alaska
  • Organism(s):
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beverage, Ice-Slush, Food Worker
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Convenience store
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 32
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 32
  • 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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