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Outbreaks of Food-Borne Illness: The Invisible Threat to Correctional Safety and Security  

Author:  Shawn K.  Stevens.

Source: Volume 10, Number 03, March/April 2009 , pp.33-37(5)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Imagine a scenario in which an untrained or uncaring food handler in a prison kitchen cross-contaminates ready-to-eat foods with raw, meat juices. Image the same (or a different) food handler is sick, shedding an infectious pathogen while preparing the food that hundreds of inmates will soon eat. Now, fast-forward 48 to 72 hours, when the majority of the inmates in the prison are not only violently ill with explosive vomiting and bloody diarrhea but are highly infectious and sickening others.

Keywords: pathogen, exposure, food-safety, Norovirus, Salmonella, E. coli

Affiliations:  1: Gass Weber Mullins LLC.

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