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2006 Clostridium perfringens at a Alabama Jail Linked to Consumption of Chicken

Inmates of an Alabama jail who had eaten baked chicken developed illness suspected to be caused by Clostridium perfringens. This large outbreak skewed the Center for Disease Control's annual foodborne illness data for 2006. While Clostridium perfringens is a known cause of foodborne illness, it had not been a leading cause until the figures from this outbreak were added to the total.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2006
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Alabama
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Poultry, chicken
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Jail
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 741
  • 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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