Foodborne Illness Outbreak Database

This database provides summaries of significant food and water related outbreaks occurring since 1984 caused by E. coli, Salmonella, Hepatitis A, Campylobacter and other pathogens. Read more »

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Lettuce 2005

Los Angeles health officials noted a dramatic increase in the number of Hepatitis A cases in late 2005. The virus was loosely linked to consumption of lettuce, but no specific supplier or grower was found. Health officials notified the public through the Associated Press to carefully wash their produce, and asked restaurants to do so as well.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 2005
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California
  • Organism(s):
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, Lettuce
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Many
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 60
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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