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CLOSTRIDIUM PERFRINGENS

Occurrence: in soil and dust, can contaminate food. Outbreaks caused by meat stews, poached fish and steaks.

Incubation time: 6-24hrs

Symptoms: abdominal pain, nausea, severe diarrhea. There have been deaths in weakened people.

Causes of outbreaks: slow cooling of food that is not consumed quickly enough.

Prevention: rapid cooling, proper storage, properly heating before serving.