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A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Thompson infection from commercially distributed bread contaminated by an ill food handler.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16181501     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Foodborne transmission is estimated to account for 95% of non-typhoidal Salmonella infections reported in the United States; however, outbreaks of salmonellosis are rarely traced to food handlers. In August 2000, an increase in Salmonella serotype Thompson infection was noted in Southern California; most of the cases reported eating at a restaurant chain (Chain A) before illness onset. A case-control study implicated the consumption of burgers at Chain A restaurants. The earliest onset of illness was in a burger bun packer at Bakery B who had not eaten at Chain A but had worked while ill. Bakery B supplied burger buns to some Chain A restaurants in Southern California and Arizona. This outbreak is notable for implicating a food handler as the source of food contamination and for involving bread, a very unusual outbreak vehicle for Salmonella . Inadequate food-handler training as well as delayed reporting to the health department contributed to this outbreak.
A C Kimura; M S Palumbo; H Meyers; S Abbott; R Rodriguez; S B Werner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  133     ISSN:  0950-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  2005 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-26     Completed Date:  2005-11-25     Revised Date:  2010-05-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  823-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Infectious Diseases Branch, California Department of Health Services, Gardena, CA 90248, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Bread / microbiology
California / epidemiology
Case-Control Studies
Child, Preschool
Disease Outbreaks*
Food Handling
Food Microbiology*
Middle Aged
Salmonella / classification,  isolation & purification*
Salmonella Food Poisoning / epidemiology*,  microbiology

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