Outbreak of Campylobacter enteritis associated with cross-contamination of food--Oklahoma, 1996

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1998 Feb 27;47(7):129-31.


On August 29, 1996, the Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) in southwestern Oklahoma notified the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) of a cluster of Campylobacter jejuni infections that occurred during August 16-20 among persons who had eaten lunch at a local restaurant on August 15. This report summarizes the investigation of these cases and indicates that C. jejuni infection was most likely acquired from eating lettuce cross-contaminated with raw chicken. This report also emphasizes the need to keep certain foods and cooking utensils separate during food handling.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology*
  • Campylobacter Infections / etiology
  • Campylobacter jejuni / isolation & purification*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Enteritis / epidemiology*
  • Enteritis / etiology
  • Enteritis / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Food Contamination*
  • Food Microbiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oklahoma / epidemiology
  • Restaurants