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Oklahoma Restaurant Cross Contamination Lettuce with Raw Chicken 1996

The Jackson County Health Department, Oklahoma, investigated a cluster of Campylobacter jejuni infections that began between August 16 and 20. Basic food history questions indicated all the case-patients had eaten at a local restaurant. No specific food item was indicated. Interviews with the cook showed the potential for cross-contamination as the cook had cut raw chicken prior to making other dishes. She used the same dish towel to wipe her hands and knife throughout food preparation, and was unable to recall if she sanitized the preparation surface.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 1996
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Cross contamination, Vegetable, leafy greens, lettuce
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 14
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 14
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 2
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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