On the seventh of May

On the seventh of May 2010, there was a deadly foodborne Clostridium perfringens flare-up at a State Psychiatric Hospital in Louisiana. There was an aggregate of 54 cases who had encountered the sickness which included 42 residents and 22 staffs. There were 3 deaths of patients within 24 hours. The cases had symptoms of vomiting, abdominal cramps with diarrhoea. An investigation was carried out by the Louisiana Office of Public Health (OPH) in conjunction with Centre for Disease Control to rule out the cause of the outbreak.

The investigation revealed that the illness was associated with cooking of chicken 24 hours before it was served and the chicken was not cooled in accordance to the hospital guidelines. Stool samples were taken from the ill residents and staff members whereby C. perfringens type A was found.

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