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2016 Outbreak of Botulism Linked to Illicit Alcohol in a Federal Correctional Facility, Mississippi

In June 2016 state and federal investigators identified an outbreak of Botulism among inmates at a federal prison facility located in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Investigators traced the outbreak to consumption of illicitly made alcohol commonly referred to as "hooch." One inmate reported that honey, potatoes, apples, and tomato paste from a bulging can were combined, hidden, and fermented in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature for 3-5 days. Thirty one cases were identified including 19 confirmed cases and 10 probable cases. There were 2 suspected cases. Twenty four inmates were hospitalized. No one died.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2016
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Mississippi
  • Organism(s):
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Homemade alcoholic beverage
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Prison
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 31
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 19
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 10
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 2
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 24
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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