Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database

This database provides summaries of significant food and water related outbreaks occurring since 1984 caused by E. coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Campylobacter and other pathogens. Read more »

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Pork 1984

In April, a physician reported four cases of trichinosis among Laotians living in Amarillo, Texas. The investigation identified up to eight additional cases. All reported consuming pork purchased at a small local pig farm. The pigs on the farm were fed untreated restaurant refuse. In addition, the pigs were allowed to wander freely, providing opportunity for them to be exposed to animal carcasses and rodents. The farm had previously been implicated in a trichinellosis outbreak in 1981. There had been a noted practice of inadequately cooking pork within the local Laotian community.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 1984
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Other
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pork, Pig Roast
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 12
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 5
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 4
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 3
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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