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New York Hospital Tuna Salad 2008

During August, 2008, a listeriosis outbreak was first detected by infection control in a New York City (NYC) hospital. The initial investigation found three cases, however later two additional, earlier onset, cases were found. All of the ill had pre-existing medical conditions that affected the ability of their immune systems to fight infection. The Listeria outbreak strain was isolated from tuna salad prepared in the hospital kitchen.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2008
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York
  • Organism(s):
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Seafood, Finfish, Tuna, Tuna Salad
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Hospital
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 5
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 5
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 3

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