A Cluster of Botulism Cases in Uzbekistan

Investigation of a cluster of botulism cases among guests who attended a social gathering at a home in Uzbekistan on December 31, 2003.  Straightforward outbreak investigation case study with only 24 attendees and 8 foods, but addresses botulism as a possible bioterrorism agent.

 

Objectives:

  • Assess whether an increase in the number of apparent cases represents an outbreak,
  • Optional: Describe some of the features that are consistent with an intentional or an unintentional exposure that results in an outbreak,
  • Describe some of the decisions that must be made before going to the field to conduct a field investigation,
  • Develop and apply a case definition in a field investigation,
  • Calculate and compare exposure-specific attack rates to identify possible vehicles.
Investigation: 
Outbreak
Country: 
Uzbekistan
Year: 
2005
Author (s): 

Richard Dicker

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