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2011 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Las Vegas Catered Lunch, Nevada

An outbreak of Clostridium perfringens was associated with eating food prepared by an unlicensed caterer and served at a business luncheon. The isolation of Clostridium perfringens from ham suggested that ham was the vehicle of infection. The caterer reported that all foods served were pre-cooked and ready-to-eat. The ham and turkey breasts were transported to the business luncheon in a cooler with ice. Both meats were further sliced onsite, placed in bowls and re-heated in two small non-commercial microwave ovens. Improper reheating and hot holding were suspected.

  • Outbreak began:
  • December 2011
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Nevada
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pork, Ham
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Business
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 21
  • 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:
  • No
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 0
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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