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Fergus Falls Restaurant Prime Rib 2005

The Minnesota Department of Health foodborne illness hotline recieved a call on February 10 regarding three ill people who had all dined at a prime rib restaurant in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. A second report came in three days later. Epidemiologists began calling recent patrons of the restaurant to see the number of ill people and the common exposures. Stool samples from the two callers revealed the cause of the illnesses to be Clostridium perfringens. The phone survey found twenty-five people fitting the case definition of having vomiting or diarrhea after eating at the restaurant. Those who had eaten the prime rib were fifteen times more likely to become ill; this was the only statistically significant exposure. An environmental investigation of the restaurant found that the prime rib was held at an improper temperature.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 2005
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef, Prime Rib
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 25
  • 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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