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2006 Staphylococcus aureus at a Ottawa County Jail Linked to Powdered Milk

Inmates at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex jail, in Michigan, suffered gastrointestinal illness on May 17 after breakfast. An investigation found the vehicle to be powdered milk, that was improperly cooled after being mixed with hot water. This allowed for the growth of Staphylococcus aureus. The prison had just switched to powdered milk to cut costs, making that product suspect from the beginning. Samples of the milk were sent to a lab for testing and came back positive for Staphylococcus aureus. The jail returned to using carton milk after this incident.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 2006
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Michigan
  • Organism(s):
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Milk, Powdered
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Jail
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 40
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • No
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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