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Florida Restaurant Macaroni and Cheese 1996

An outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg occurred among patrons of a Florida restaurant. Macaroni and cheese was the implicated vehicle. The same strain of Salmonella Heidelberg was isolated from the macaroni and cheese and case patients' stool samples. The environmental investigation revealed poor handwashing facilities and a possibility that the macaroni and cheese could have become cross-contaminated by contact with raw chicken.

  • Outbreak began:
  • Unknown 1996
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Grain, Macaroni and Cheese, Dairy, Casserole
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 83
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 11
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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