Category Archives: Clostridium

Tennessee Mountain Lodge

Outbreak: Tennessee Mountain Lodge
Product: Canned Beef in GravyInvestigation Start Date: 6/30/2010
Location: Multi-stateEtiology: Clostridium perfringens & Staphylococcus aureus
Earliest known case onset date: 6/19/2010Latest case onset date: 6/23/2010
Confirmed / Presumptive Case Count: 1/52Positive Environmental Samples: 0
A suspected outbreak of foodborne illness was reported at a lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Set meals are served at the lodge at 6 pm and 8 am, each consisting of multiple canned/packaged items. The lodge is reached by rugged foot trails and provisions for … Continue Reading ››

Colorado Polka Festival

Outbreak: Polka Festival C. perfringens
Product: Catered dinner (mashed potatoes, beef brisket, gravy, rolls, and holuski)Investigation Start Date: 3/14/2011
Location: El Paso County, ColoradoEtiology: Clostridium perfringens
Earliest known case onset date: 3/11/2011Latest case onset date: 3/13/2011
Confirmed / Presumptive Case Count: 3 / 27Positive Environmental Samples: N/A
A cluster of gastrointestinal illnesses due to Clostridium perfringens intoxication occurred following a catered dinner at a Polka Festival in El Paso County, Colorado on March 11-13, 2011. The caterer for this event was unlicensed, prepared all foods in their private home, and did not document food temperatures.