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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 25, 2013

First of Its Kind Outbreak From Undercooked Chicken Livers

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JAMA. 2013;310(24):2607. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284157

Six Campylobacter jejuni infections in patients who resided in 3 states formed the United States’ first multistate outbreak of campylobacteriosis linked with consumption of chicken livers.

The first 3 cases were identified in October 2012 in Vermont: a worker at a poultry manufacturer and 2 patrons of the same restaurant who dined on chicken liver mousse and rabbit. A fourth patient in Vermont had eaten pan-fried chicken livers at a different restaurant. The fifth patient bought raw chicken livers at a New Hampshire grocery store and cooked them at home for family members, including one from New York who became the sixth outbreak patient.

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