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Salmonella Heidelberg Following a Funeral, Alabama - July 2013

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg that affected at least 80 of 100 or more people who ate a meal on July 6, 2013 after a funeral at Eastern Star Baptist Church in York, Alabama. Ill persons were residents of Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Twenty three people were laboratory confirmed with Salmonella Heidelberg. Thirty of 38 people interviewed were hospitalized. One person who was not interviewed but ate at the lunch was found deceased three days after the meal; friends stated that he complained of GI symptoms the day after the lunch. The outbreak strain was isolated from blood and stool specimens of the deceased person. S. aureus coagulase (+) enterotoxin D was positive in one clinical sample. Twenty eight environmental samples were collected and tested at the CDC. The potato prep counter tested positive for S. aureus coagulase (+) and S. aureus entertoxin D. Samples from the faucet and faucet handles, oven stove handle, and stove knobs were positive for B. cereus. Salmonella was not isolated from any of the environmental samples. Among the leftover food plate samples from one residence, a chicken plate was positive for s. aureus enterotoxin D, and B. cereus enterotoxin diarrhea. In addition, S. aureus coagulase positive and s. Heidelberg were isolated. The leftover food samples collected from the deceased individual's residence, which included apple pie and chicken bones, were positive for S. Heidelberg; however, these items were not from the funeral meal. This outbreak was assigned Cluster Code 1307ALJF6-1.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Alabama
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • JFGX01.0022
  • Location(s):
  • Church
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 80
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 23
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 57
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 30
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1

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