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A Common Source Outbreak of Gastroenteritis in a Teaching Hospital

  • Riad Khatib, Mary Naber, Nancy Shellum, Laura Ashton, Karen Knowles, Vickie Giardina and Francis M. Wilson...

Abstract:

An outbreak of gastroenteritis at a large teaching hospital affected at least 52 workers. Investigation implicated a tuna salad, and the circumstances suggested Clostridium perfringens as the etiologic agent. The risk of such outbreaks may be reduced by cooling of ingredients prior to mixing and refrigeration in small steel containers.

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St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Medical Education Ofice, 22101 Morass, Detroit, MI 48236

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A Common Source Outbreak of Gastroenteritis in a Teaching Hospital

  • Riad Khatib, Mary Naber, Nancy Shellum, Laura Ashton, Karen Knowles, Vickie Giardina and Francis M. Wilson...

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