20 sick, 2 serious, with E. coli O157:H7 after church potluck
Posted: February 26th, 2008 - 2:42pm by Doug PowellWKRG News is reporting that at least 20 of the 300 people who attended the annual "Beast Feast and Wild Game Supper" at the Eastern Shore First Baptist Church in Alabama last weekend got sick and eight of those 20 people were infected with E. coli O157:H7.
Teresa Porter with the Baldwin County Health Department, said,
"Three of the people infected are still in the hospital. And there's an two-to-ten day incubation period for this organism so we've got a couple more days to go."
Two brothers reportedly 10- and 8-years-old sickened in the outbreak remain in fair and good condition today after being transferred from Mobile to Birmingham.
Associate Pastor Ken Wilson at the Eastern Shore Baptist Church said,
"It's affected all of us as a church family. We're doing whatever we can to help the families affected and we're cooperating with the health department."
A table of church-community-potluck style outbreaks is available at http://www.foodsafety.ksu.edu/en/article-details.php?a=2&c=5&sc=25&id=881.
We say, anyone serving food, especially in a public setting, should have some minimal food safety training.