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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December 03 Pet Store Rodent Contact 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

Rodents(mice, rats, hamsters) shipped from an Iowa pet distributor to 15 pet stores in the midwestern USA were infected with an unusual strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, DT 120. Related human illnesses were identified in at least ten states involvin…Read More »

November 03 2003 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Chester Linked to Consumption of Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Chester occurred among people who had eaten alfalfa sprouts at restaurants in the United States. The involved states were not described.…Read More »

October 03 Elias Restaurant 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A Salmonella outbreak occurred among restaurant patrons who ate at the Elias restaurant in late October. The restaurant was located in Escondido, California.…Read More »

October 03 Northeastern States Ground Beef 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

A cluster of Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 cases was found in the northeastern United States in late 2003. The strain was resistant to several antibiotics and was referred to as R-type ACSSuT. Illness was associated with consuming grocery store boug…Read More »

October 03 2003 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to French Toast, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, French Toast, Food Worker

In 2003, an outbreak of salmonellosis occurred among patrons of a Minnesota restaurant. Illness was associated with consumption of French toast that had been made with eggs produced from hens in a flock contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. Foo…Read More »

October 03 2003 Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to Eggs at a Minnesota Restaurant

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Egg Dishes, French Toast

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis occurred at a Minnesota restaurant. French toast or eggs were the vehicles of infection. Upon investigation, seven food workers were found to be infected with the same strain of Salmonella Enteritidis.…Read More »

September 03 Commercially Processed Egg Salad 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Commercially Processed Egg Product

Oregon State epidemiologist noted an increase in reports of Salmonella Typhimurium during the month of September. Some of the Salmonella isolates matched by PFGE (pulsed-field gel electrophoresis). An epidemiologic investigation implicated kits for…Read More »

September 03 2003 Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Consumption of Eggs or Pancakes, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Grains, Pancakes

An outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg was linked to a Minnesota restaurant. Upon investigation, it was discovered that four food workers were infected with the same strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.…Read More »

June 03 2003 Salmonella Enteritidis at an Ohio Cafeteria Linked to Consumption of Coconut Meringue Pie

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Meringue, Coconut Meringue Pie

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis occurred among people who had eaten at a cafeteria in Ohio. Consumption of coconut meringue pie was associated with a risk of illness. The meringue was made with raw shell eggs and was baked to 83 F. …Read More »

June 03 Vernon Hills, Illinois, Chili's Grille & Bar 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Food workers

More than 300 persons became ill with Salmonella Javiana as a result of eating at the Vernon Hills, Illinois, restaurant. After the second case was reported, the local health department inspected the restaurant. Inspectors found that the dishwasher…Read More »

May 03 Sunset House Restaurant 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Mushrooms Cross contamination

Patrons of the Sunset House restaurant, Wyoming, developed Salmonella Heidelberg. The cases resided in six states. Epidemiological and laboratory analysis showed that canned mushrooms were the likely vehicle for transmission, although other food it…Read More »

May 03 Childrens' Hospital Cafeteria Food Worker 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Salad Bar Food Worker

An outbreak of Salmonella Javiana occurred among hospital employees, patients, and visitors who had eaten in the hospital cafeteria between May 30 and June 4, 2003. The investigation suggested that a foodhandler with symptoms of gastroenteritis was …Read More »

May 03 2003 Outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen Linked to Cantaloupe/Honeydew Melon

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen was associated with eating cantaloupe or honeydew melon in day care center or private home.…Read More »

April 03 Park County, Wyoming Restaurant Canned Mushrooms 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Canned Mushrooms, Dairy, Cheese, Swiss, Pasteurized, Cross Contamination

An outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg occurred among patrons of a Park County, Wyoming, restaurant. Epidemiologic and laboratory analyses indicated that canned mushrooms, contaminated through foodhandling practices at the restaurant, were the likely …Read More »

March 03 2003 Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Harmony Farms Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, sprouts, onion, alfalfa, salad

Alfalfa, onion, and salad sprouts were recalled by Harmony Farms, a fresh sprout producer in Washington state. Two outbreaks of Salmonella in March (Salmonella Saintpaul) and November (Salmonella Chester) affected nine and thirteen people, respectiv…Read More »

March 03 Quality Inn/Bogey's Restaurant 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Egg Dishes, Fried Ice Cream

After eating a banquet dinner served at Bogey's Restaurant in Clarkston, Washington, patrons became ill with what was subsequently identified as Salmonella Enteritidis. The likely source of the illnesses was undercooked eggs used to make the "fried …Read More »

March 03 Multiple Cluster Outbreak at a Restaurant 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Sandwiches, Pork

Salmonella related illnesses were linked to eating at a restaurant in Florida. Illness occurred in three clusters spaced one week apart. Sandwiches were the implicated vehicle in this outbreak. They were made with cut pork meat mixed with chopped …Read More »

January 03 British Columbia Chicken Nugget Strips 2003

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Chicken Nugget Strips

An outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg occurred in early 2003, in British Columbia, Canada. Interviews with individuals from this outbreak implicated frozen chicken nuggets, or strips, as the source of the outbreak. Of the 23 cases, 65% sought treatmen…Read More »

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