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2011 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens Linked to Consumption of BBQ Pulled Chicken, Illinois

At least 30 people became ill due to Clostridium perfringens after eating food served at the Haven Middle School Parent/Teacher Conference. The food had been catered by Merle's Smokehouse of Evanston, Illinois. Clostridium perfringens was isolated from remaining barbequed pulled chicken. The food was served buffet style without effort to control the holding temperature.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 2011
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Illinois
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Poultry, Chicken, Barbequed Pulled Chicken
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Catered Event
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 30
  • 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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