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2008 Outbreak of Diarrhea Suspected to be Caused by Lectin, China

More than 300 Chinese workers became ill in Shenzhen after eating at the factory canteen. They all ate chinese cabbage and kidney beans for lunch. Undercooked kidney beans contain a toxin, called lectin, which could cause diarrhea if the beans are not cooked thoroughly.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2008
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Grains, Beans, Kidney Beans
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Factory canteen
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 300
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 36
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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