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2004 Wayzata Catered Meal

A Wayzata, Minnesota, deli owner contacted the state health department after receiving reports that a catered meal, that had been arranged by the deli, resulted in a significant amount of illness. Between 350 and 400 people ate at the catered event. Epidemiologists contacted event goers, and they discovered a total of 50 ill persons. Clostridium perfringens, toxin producing bacteria, was implicated as the cause of the outbreak. No specific food item was significantly associated with illness. An inspection of the deli noted the potential for cross-contamination, lack of a license to cater, and improper procedures and facilities used during the preparation of the meal. The restaurant owner had prepared portions of the turkey within the owner's private home. The facilities at the deli were too small for large scale cooking.

  • Outbreak began:
  • December 2004
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Event
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 50
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 43
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 7
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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