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Minnesota Restaurant 1991

Beginning in mid-April, patrons eating at a restaurant which served a large hotel and conference center developed diarrhea within a few days after their meal. The restaurant featured an elaborate buffet. Stool samples from ten restaurant patrons yielded E. coli O39:NM. Due to the complexity of the buffet, it was impractical to systematically assess food consumption histories. The potential for cross-contamination of food items was observed. Poor temperature holding of food in the buffet was also an issue. Food handlers reported recent diarrheal illness, but no E.coli O39:NM was isolated from their stool samples.

  • Outbreak began:
  • April 1991
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Other
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 122
  • 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:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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