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Pierre-Mitchell High School Boys' Basketball Game Tacos 2012

Laboratory testing identified Clostridium perfringens as the cause of the outbreak associated with the Pierre-Mitchell high school boys’ basketball game held in Pierre, South Dakota, on January 31. The investigation, which included a voluntary questionnaire, implicated the tacos as the source food of the outbreak. Of those who completed the questionnaire, 75% who ate the tacos reported becoming ill. The predominant symptoms were diarrhea and cramps lasting less than 24 hours, although the symptoms in some ill persons lasted longer. Three-quarters of the cases became ill between midnight and 6:00 AM following the game.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • South Dakota
  • Organism(s):
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Tacos
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Community event
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 50
  • 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

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