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1985 Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Consumption of Eggs at a Convention in New Mexico

The October 7 breakfast at a convention was associated with an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg. The only food significantly associated with illness was eggs. The eggs that were served at the meal were not available for culture. Other eggs from the same distributor were culture-negative for Salmonella. The eggs had been cracked and stored in large containers in the walk-in refrigerator overnight. They were cooked in batches in a steamer the following morning. Attendees commented that the eggs seemed runny. Staff who had eaten the eggs had also become ill; some were confirmed to have Salmonella.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 1985
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New Mexico
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Eggs, Pooled Eggs
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Convention Center
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 91
  • 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:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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