A Large-Scale Vibrio parahaemolyticus Food Poisoning Outbreak

Chen CN

1996 Vol.12 NO.9

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School lunches or boxed lunches, for their convenience, are a major source of lunches of school children in elementary and junior high schools and employees of enterprises. However, factories supplying school lunches or boxed lunches, often, for human errors in the handling, storing and transportation of food, may cause serious problems. Data published by the Bureau of Food Sanitation of the Department of Health (1) show that the most place where food poisoning outbreaks occurred in 1994 was schools, at a rate of 29.4% (30/102) with a total number of victims of 2,175 persons. A similar unfortunate incident occurred once again on 13 October 1995 in the Metropolitan Taipei Area at such a large scale unnoticed in the last 10 some years.