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2005 Outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus, Ribs, Rides, N Rock, Knoxville, Tennessee

Local and state health officials investigated an outbreak of Staphyloccus aureus among attendees of a benefit event called "Ribs, Rides, N Rock" held at the World's Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. At least 50 people were ill. Staphylococcus aureus was detected in laboratory tests of pork samples and case-patient specimens. Epidemiologic and environmental evidence supports the hypothesis that inadequate storage of cooked, pulled pork facilitated toxin development sufficient to cause illness after consumption. Pork butts were prepared by Pop's Texas Barbeque. Investigators determined that storage temperature at Pop's was not adequate for storage, preparation, display, service or transportation.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2005
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Tennessee
  • Organism(s):
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pork
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Catered Event
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Pop's Texas Barbeque
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 50
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 8
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 42
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • No

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