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2017 Outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus Among Hospital Staff, Texas

After Hurricane Harvey, an outbreak of foodborne illness occurred at a hospital in Houston. An investigation implicated a donated catered meal contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus. The meal was served to staff working at the hospital on September 1, 2017. Ninety two staff of 191 staff working that day reported consuming the meal. Of those, 50 people reported acute onset of gastrointestinal symptoms within 14 hours of the meal. All ill staff recovered within 24 hours. No one was hospitalized and no one died.

  • Outbreak began:
  • September 2017
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Texas
  • Organism(s):
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Hospital
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 50
  • 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

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