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Rainbow Family Gathering Food Worker Person-to-Person 1987

For two weeks, members of the Rainbow Family gathered from around the United States at a national forest area in North Carolina. The facilities were insufficient to support the hygiene needs of the large crowd. An outbreak of Shigella sonnei began in early July and spread rapidly throughout the gathering. Transmission was assumed to be by food, water, and person-to-person contact. Secondary infections ocurred after ill persons returned to their home communities.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 1987
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Food Worker, Person-to-Person
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Camp
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 6350
  • 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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