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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Aug;87(2):297-302. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0075.

Outbreak of human trichinellosis in Northern California caused by Trichinella murrelli.

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  • 1LifeSource Biomedical, LLC, Moffett Field, CA, USA. bqu5@cdc.gov

Abstract

In October of 2008, an outbreak of trichinellosis occurred in northern California that sickened 30 of 38 attendees of an event at which meat from a black bear was served. Morphologic and molecular testing of muscle from the leftover portion of bear meat revealed that the bear was infected with Trichinella murrelli, a sylvatic species of Trichinella found in temperate North America. Clinical records revealed a high attack rate for this outbreak: 78% for persons consuming any bear meat and 100% for persons consuming raw or undercooked bear meat. To our knowledge, this report is the first published report of a human trichinellosis outbreak in the United States attributed to T. murrelli, and it is the second such outbreak reported worldwide.

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PMC3414567
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