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Myrtle Beach Political Event 2009

Clostridium perfringens was confirmed as the cause of an outbreak that occurred among persons who attended a political fundraiser held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The event was catered by an unlicensed caterer. The menu consisted of quail, barbeque pork, cole slaw, baked beans, rolls, and sweet tea. The outbreak was likely caused by improper cooling and reheating of food. Baked beans were implicated as the vehicle of infection.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 2009
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • South Carolina
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Grains, Beans
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Convention center, political event
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 350
  • 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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