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2012 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Kent County, Michigan Jail Linked to Rice and Cheese

About 250 inmates being held at the Kent County Jail in Grand Rapids, Michigan, developed food poisoning symptoms starting April 15. The cause for the illnesses was determined to be a dish of rice and cheese. It had been prepared in large quantities and was not handled properly. No one required hospitalization.

  • Outbreak began:
  • April 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Michigan
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Grain, Rice Dairy, Cheese
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Jail, Prison
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 250
  • 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:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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