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  1. A large outbreak of botulism : The hazardous baked potato.

    Article - En anglais

    In April 1994, the largest outbreak of botulism in the United States since 1978 occurred in El Paso, Texas.

    Thirty persons were affected ; 4 required mechanical ventilation.

    All ate food from a Greek restaurant.

    The attack rate among persons who ate a potato-based dip was 86% (19/22) compared with 6% (11/176) among persons who did not eat the dip (relative risk [RR]=13.8 ; 95% confidence interval [CI], 7.6-25.1).

    The attack rate among persons who ate an eggplant-based dip was 67% (6/9) compared with 13% (24/189) among persons who did not (RR=5.2 ; 95% CI, 2.9-9.5).

    Botulism toxin type A was detected from patients and in both dips.

    Toxin formation resulted from holding aluminum foil-wrapped baked potatoes at room temperature, apparently for several days, before they were used in the dips.

    Consumers should be informed of the potential hazards caused by holding foil-wrapped potatoes at ambient temperatures after cooking.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Clostridium botulinum, Clostridiaceae, Clostridiales, Bactérie, Homme, Intoxication alimentaire, Restauration, Toxilysin, Metalloendopeptidases, Peptidases, Hydrolases, Enzyme, Epidémiologie, Conservation aliment, Infection communautaire, Aubergine, Pomme de terre, Botulisme, Bactériose, Infection, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Clostridium botulinum, Clostridiaceae, Clostridiales, Bacteria, Human, Food poisoning, Restoration, Toxilysin, Metalloendopeptidases, Peptidases, Hydrolases, Enzyme, Epidemiology, Food preservation, Community acquired infection, Eggplant, Potato, Botulism, Bacteriosis, Infection, United States, North America, America

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0408890

    Code Inist : 002B30A02A. Création : 25/01/1999.