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The most extensive and serious outbreak of food poisoning ever recorded in the history of Iowa, occurred in the eastern part of Jackson County, in the fall of 1895. On September 11, at a farmhouse three miles from Sabula, there assembled about three hundred guests to witness a marriage ceremony and partake of the good things provided for the occasion. Within a few weeks thereafter, over one-third of the entire company were sick and seven deaths had occurred.
That the disease had its origin at the wedding, could not be doubted, as there was absolutely no serious sickness among the scores of families who were not present on that occasion, nor had the health of the community been better for years, than during the month preceding the epidemic. The house at which the wedding occurred is well located, and there is no history of disease having existed there for many
CRAWFORD A. A CLINICAL STUDY OF THE SABULA FOOD POISONING EPIDEMIC.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(25):1180–1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440250022001h