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2006 Staphylococcus aureus Linked to Spam Musubi

Six separate incidents of confirmed and probable illness involving Staphylococcus aureus food poisoning occurred on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The illnesses were linked to the consumption of Spam musubi. Spam musubi is composed of a block of rice with a slice of grilled Spam on top and a wrapping of nori seaweed. Consumer mishandling of the product likely contributed to the illnesses. The product had been purchased from several different vendors.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2006
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Hawaii
  • Organism(s):
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pork, Spam, Rice, Seaweed
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Unknown
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 9
  • 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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