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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January 19 2019 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Linked to frozen tuna

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Tuna

In 2019 the CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the FDA investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to consumption of sushi made with frozen raw tuna. As of May 20, 2019, 15 people infected with the…Read More »

June 18 2018 Outbreak of E. coli O26 At Two Restaurants at Nintendo of America Campus, Redmond, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In July 2018 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) announced an outbreak of Shiga toxin E. coli (STEC) associated with I Love Sushi and Sodexo's Café Mario at Nintendo of America campus in Redmond, Washington. Café Mario is operated by Sodexo a…Read More »

June 16 2016 Hepatitis A - Hawaii

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis A
  • Vehicle:
  • scallops

On July 1, 2016 Hawaii Department of Health announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A primarily occurring among residents of Oahu. By August 16 there were 168 outbreak associated cases. Forty six had been hospitalized. Illness onset dates ranged from June…Read More »

December 16 2016 Outbreak of Salmonella, Morimoto Napa

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Sushi

In October 2016 Napa County Public Health Department (NCPHD) and the California Department of Public health (CDPH) investigated an outbreak of Salmonella among patrons of Morimoto Napa located in Napa. Meal dates occurred on October 10, 11, 12. Sixte…Read More »

March 15 2015 Outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi and Salmonella Weltevreden Infections Linked to Frozen Raw Tuna

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, fin fish, tuna

In the spring of 2015 health officials investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B variant L(+) tartrate (+) and Salmonella Weltevreden suspected of being linked to consumption of tuna used in spicy tuna rolls and other sushi. A total of 65 pe…Read More »

December 15 2015 Norovirus Outbreak at Cowfish Restaurant, Charlotte, NC

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Mecklenburg County Health Department investigated an outbreak of norovirus among customers of Cowfish Sushi Bar and Grill in June 2015. Twenty one employees and 34 customers reported flu-like symptoms. Norovirus was confirmed as the cause of illnesse…Read More »

May 13 2013 Scombroid Fish Poisoning, Mankato, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Scombroid, histamine
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Tuna

In May 2013 a sushi restaurant located in Mankato, Minnesota was implicated in an outbreak of Scombroid Fish Poisoning. A physician at an urgent care facility notified Minnesota public health investigators that a patient with hive-like rash, flushing…Read More »

September 12 2012 Outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly Associated with Sushi, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • sushi, tuna

In September 2012 Minnesota public health officials investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly associated with eating sushi at a restaurant in Minneapolis. Eating a Dynamite roll was statistically associated with illness. The contaminated food i…Read More »

August 11 Marinepolis Sushi Land Unknown 2011

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

The Marinepolis Sushi Land Restaurant, in Bellevue, Washington, was closed after two separate patients developed Salmonellosis. The restaurant was a conveyor belt style sushi restaurant. The restaurant inspection that led to the closure revealed te…Read More »

May 11 Uncle Sushi and Grill Sushi 2011

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Sushi

Eight out of ten people who ate sushi items at Uncle Sushi and Grill, in Cranston, Rhode Island, on May 19, developed vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps. A subsequent inspection of the restaurant identified several, serious, food handl…Read More »

June 10 2010 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Sushi, Washington State

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Sushi

In 2010 public health investigators in Washington investigated an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in two persons whose only common exposure was sushi at Restaurant "A". One person lived in King county and was ill in June 2010. The second person li…Read More »

January 08 Tennessee Restaurant Sushi, Seafood 2008

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood Sushi

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten sushi and seafood at a restaurant in Tennessee. The description was not clear whether seafood was an ingredient in the sushi or if a separate seafood dish was involved. Also the …Read More »

November 07 New York Restaurant Sushi Rolls 2007

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Sushi Rolls

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among patrons of a restaurant in New York state. Sushi rolls, type unspecified, were implicated as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

July 07 Florida Restaurant Sushi and Sashimi 2007

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Sushi, Sashimi

A confirmed outbreak of Scombroid poisoning was linked to eating sushi and sashimi at a restaurant in Florida.…Read More »

April 07 Colorado Restaurant Sushi 2007

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Sushi

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among patrons of a restaurant in Colorado. Sushi was named as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

September 06 2006 Outbreak of Scombroid Poisoning Linked to Hamachi, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Hamachi

Two people developed Scombroid poisoning after eating Hamachi fish in a restaurant in Washington state.…Read More »

February 06 Sushi King Restaurant California Rolls 2006

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Whitefish, imitation crab

In February, Benton County Health Unit, Arkansas, received a report of an large outbreak of gastroenteritis. The investigation eventually associated the illnesses with recently eating at the Sushi King Restaurant. Consumption of the California roll…Read More »

August 04 Family-Owned Sushi Restaurants 2004

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Shrimp

Three clusters of diarrheal illness occurred among patrons of two family-owned sushi restaurants in Reno, Nevada. Enterotoxigenic E. coli(ETEC) was identified in stools of patrons from two of the illness clusters. The third cluster of diarrheal ill…Read More »

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