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Washington State Penitentiary Cross Contamination 2002

Five outbreak clusters of Campylobacter jejuni occurred between March, 2002, and March, 2003, at the Washington State Penitentiary, in Walla Walla, Washington. Staff and inmates were made ill. Over one-hundred persons tested positive with an identical strain of Campylobacter jejuni. The investigation identified a causal connection between a drain contaminated with pigeon feces on the roof and a leaking, uncapped, pipe in the kitchen salad preparation area. Other potential or specific causes of the contamination, including poor food-handling practices, were also documented as part of the investigation.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2002
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Cross contamination
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Prison
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 103
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 17
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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