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Kansas Grandparents' Day School Luncheon 1998

An outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni occurred among persons who attended school luncheon in Kansas on September 14 or 15. The cohort study showed that the consumption of gravy or pineapple were significantly associated with illness. A food worker at the luncheon had severe diarrhea on the day of the luncheon and was the likely source of the outbreak. Pulsed field gel electrophoresis, a genetic fingerprinting technique, had been used for the first time to differentiate cases associated with the luncheon versus other cases that occurred in the broader community.

  • Outbreak began:
  • September 1998
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Food Worker Sauces, Dressings, Oil, Gravy Fruit, Pineapple
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • School
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 27
  • 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:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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