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2011 Clostridium Botulinum at a Utah State Prison Linked to Pruno

Inmates of a Utah State Prison developed botulism after drinking pruno. Pruno is a drink made from various fruit, potato, bread, water, table scraps, and sugar which is then fermented to make alcohol. Making pruno in prison is a violation of prison rules. Most illnesses began on October 1. The last illness began on October 3. Health officials planned to test pruno samples to pinpoint the specific source. Three of the twelve who became ill were critically ill.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 2011
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Utah
  • Organism(s):
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Prison Made Drink, Pruno, Fruit, Alcohol
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Prison
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 12
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 8
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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