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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July 19 2019 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Associated with a Catered Event, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Clark County Public Health (CCPH) in Vancouver, Washington investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis among attendees of a Red Wines and Blues event held on July 7, 2019 at the Confluence Winery in Ridgefield, Washington. Results from an epidemiolog…Read More »

October 18 2018-2019 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Pet Hedgehogs

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Hedgehogs

April 8, 2019. Two people were hospitalized. There were no deaths. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium was identified in samples collected from three hedgehogs in two ill patients' homes in Minnesota. A common supplier of hedgehogs had not …Read More »

July 16 2016 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Associated with Consumption of Fiddlehead Ferns, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Fiddlehead fern

On July 11, 2016 fiddlehead ferns were served at a banquet in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Attendees became ill with vomiting and diarrhea within an hour of the meal (incubation range 1 to 18.5 hours, median 2 hours). Sixty four people reported sympto…Read More »

January 14 2014 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup and Linked Nut Butters

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Almond butter, peanut butter

On August 21, 2014 the CDC announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup involving 6 people residing in Connecticut (1), Iowa (1), New Mexico (1), Tennessee (1), and Texas (2). Almond and peanut butter manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods…Read More »

May 12 2012 Foodborne Illness Linked to Fiddlehead Ferns, Toronto

  • Organism:
  • Unspecified
  • Vehicle:
  • Fiddlehead ferns

Seven cases of unspecified foodborne illnesses associated with eating fiddleheads were reported to Toronto Public Health in May 2012. Symptoms typically last for less than a day.…Read More »

December 12 Venison Sashimi 2012

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Venison, Sashimi

A man from Honolulu, Hawaii, developed diarrhea and heart palpitations after eating venison sashimi. Subsequent stool cultures revealed that he had been infected with Salmonella Birkenhead. The deer meat came from the island of Lana'i where he had …Read More »

December 11 2011-2012 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Hedgehogs

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Hedgehogs

On September 6, 2012 the CDC announced an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to hedgehogs purchased from multiple breeders. As of January 31, 2013 investigators had identified 20 persons residing in 8 states as part of the outbreak. Four perso…Read More »

June 10 2010 Outbreak of Salmonella Chester Linked to Consumption of Head Cheese, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Head Cheese

An outbreak of Salmonella Chester, an unusual strain of Salmonella, was identified in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, Canada. The only common food consumed by the case-patients was headcheese, which had been purchased from vari…Read More »

May 10 2010 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Associated with Fiddlehead Ferns, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Ferns, Fiddlehead Ferns

An outbreak of gastroenteritis was associated with eating fiddlehead fern salad that was served at a luncheon buffet in Anchorage, Alaska, on May 11. No deficiencies were noted in the food preparation process in the kitchen. No food items from the b…Read More »

January 10 Veron Foods Hog Head Cheese 2010

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Sausage and Luncheon Meat, Hog Head Cheese

An increase in reported cases of Listeriosis in Louisiana prompted further investigation. Eight cases of Listeria monocytogenes, serotype 1/2 a sharing the same genetic fingerprint were linked to the recent consumption of sausage and luncheon meat. …Read More »

November 09 2009 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Myers Bakery, England

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Patrons of the Myers Bakery in Felling, Gateshead, England, developed E.coli O157:H7 from foods eaten at the bakery.…Read More »

November 09 Missouri Private Home Head Cheese 2009

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Head Cheese

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium was associated with eating head cheese(a luncheon meat) while at a private home in Missouri.…Read More »

February 09 Senegal Warthog Ham 2009

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Ham

Three patients, who lived in different regions of France, became infected with trichinella (confirmed by blood test) after consumption of smoked warthog ham in February, 2009, at the same hotel in Saint-Louis (Ndar) in Senegal. Upon further investiga…Read More »

September 08 2008 Multipathogen Waterborne Outbreak Onboard a Boat

  • Organism:
  • Shigella, Cryptosporidium, Giardia
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Ice

During September, the City of Chicago had extreme rainfall which forced a discharge of wastewater into Lake Michigan. An outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred among persons who celebrated a reunion onboard a dinner boat cruise on September 13. Consu…Read More »

March 07 Feral Hog 2007

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Feral hog

In early March, Collier County Health Department, Florida, received notification that a 26 year-old male tested "presumptive positive" for Brucellosis. The brucellosis went undiagnosed during the man's initial health care visit, and his symptoms wor…Read More »

January 06 2006 Salmonella enteritidis at Corky & Lenny's Restaurant linked to Chopped Liver and Oil

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Other Sandwich, Chopped liver sandwich Vegetables, Unknown Other grain product, Matzo balls Sauces/Dressings/Oils Food Worker

Corky & Lenny's Restaurant in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, was the source of an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis. Multiple foods were implicated, including the restaurant's famous No. 6, "The Philadelphia", a chopped liver sandwich. Oil used by prep co…Read More »

June 01 Multiple Pathogen Minnesota Day Camp Animal Contact 2001

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Cryptosporidium, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

For a second year, a multiple pathogen outbreak occurred at the same university sponsored, farm day camp; a similar outbreak occurred the year before. The camp was held on campus and was for young children. The attraction of the camp was that child…Read More »

June 00 Multiple Pathogen Minnesota Day Camp Animal Contact 2000

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

An outbreak due to multiple pathogens was associated with participation at a farm day camp. The camp was sponsored by a university and was held on campus for young children. There were eight camps sessions scheduled throughout the summer. Although…Read More »

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