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Mat-Valley Farm Peas 2008

Epidemiologists in Alaska opened an investigation when an increased number of reports of Campylobacter jejuni were received between August and September. The investigators conducted a case-control study and found that consumption of peas was strongly associated with illness. Traceback led them to Mat-Valley Farm. A tour of the farm showed investigators multiple deficiencies in safety procedures, including a lack of proper disinfectant levels in the pea-processing water. Sandhill cranes were also on the property. It was concluded that the peas had been contaminated by Sandhill crane droppings and by improper sanitizing of the peas. The same strain of Campylobacter jejuni was isolated from case-patients, peas, farm environmental samples, and Sandhill crane droppings.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2008
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Alaska
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, Peas
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Private Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Mat-Valley
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 104
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 63
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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