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Ohio Saint Patrick's Day Corned Beef 1993

In Cleveland, Ohio, one hundred fifty six persons became ill after eating corned beef that had been purchased from one delicatessen. Symptoms included abdominal cramps and vomiting. No one required hospitalization. The corned beef had been held at inappropriate temperatures allowing Clostridium perfringens to flourish. Clostridium perfringens was isolated from remaining samples of corned beef. Eighty six persons became ill after attending a traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner (location not given). One person required hospitalization. Stool samples confirmed that the illnesses were caused by Clostridium perfringens. Clostridium perfringens was also found in a leftover sample of corned beef.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 1993
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Ohio
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Beef, Corned Beef
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Delicatessen, Unknown
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 142
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 8
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 134
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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