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December 23, 1939

TWO RELATED OUTBREAKS OF FOOD POISONING ATTRIBUTED TO A SALMONELLA ORGANISM

JAMA. 1939;113(26):2300-2302. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800510022006
Abstract

On June 14, 1938, several cases of acute food poisoning were reported to the city health department as probably having been caused by food or foods eaten at a wedding banquet on the evening of June 12. On interviewing the persons reported to be ill, we learned that others who had attended the banquet were similarly affected with acute gastro-enteritis. All told, 105 persons were said to have partaken of food at the banquet held following a wedding ceremony at a public hall in the city. By interviewing sixty-eight of the victims and through a questionnaire sent to sixteen persons residing out of the city, it was learned that seventy-nine persons were made ill. Two of the foods served at the banquet were eaten by all of the persons who became ill—cantaloup with blackberries and stuffed tomatoes with a liver paste. Simultaneously with this outbreak there were also reported several

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