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2007 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Pueblo County, Colorado Jail

Inmates at a Pueblo County, Colorado, jail began reporting gastrointestinal illness in the last first week of September. The number ill quickly increased forcing a massive program of isolation and reorganization of the inmates. Ill people had to be separated from the well, and the more dangerous inmates had to stay separate from the less dangerous. Stool samples collected from the inmates tested positive for Clostridium perfringens. The most likely food vehicles were determined to be beans and chili served for a lunch with a hot dog.

  • Outbreak began:
  • September 2007
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Colorado
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Grains, Beans, Hot Dog Chili Sauce
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Prison
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 125
  • 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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