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 Gastroenteritis Outbreak at Thai Woodinville, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC)investigators reported an outbreak of possible bacterial toxin (Bacillus cereus or Clostridium perfringens) among patrons of Thai Woodinville, a restaurant located in Woodinville, Washington. Three people from…Read More »

June 18 2018 Outbreak of Bacterial Toxin at Lahori Kabab-n-Grill, Kent, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

On June 15, 2018, Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) announced that staff were investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis with nausea, cramping and diarrhea associated with Lahori Kabab-n-Grill located in Kent, Washington. Seventeen people f…Read More »

April 18 2018 Bacterial toxin at 125th Street Grill, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Bacterial toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Three people from a single meal party became ill after eating at 125th Street Grill on April 28, 2018. Symptoms and timing of their illness onset was suggestive of a bacterial toxin such as Bacillus cereus or Clostridium perfringens. No one was hospi…Read More »

April 17 2017 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis At a Restaurant in Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Four people residing in four different households became ill with abdominal cramps and diarrhea following an April 22, 2017 meal of burritos and tacos. Symptoms occurred between 9 hours and 21 hours after the meal. No one sought medical care and no o…Read More »

February 16 2016 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus at a Denver Restaurant, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In February 2016 Colorado public health officials investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis associated with a Denver restaurant. The implicated meal date was February 15. Three people became ill with diarrhea. No samples were collected for laborato…Read More »

September 13 2013 Bacterial Intoxications Associated with a Catered Homecoming Event, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Red beans and rice

On September 28, 2013 the University of Minnesota Environmental Health and Safety Division received reports of illness among people who attended a catered picnic held as part of homecoming activities. The event was held on September 27. "Caterer X" p…Read More »

March 13 2013 Suspected Foodborne Bacterial Intoxications Associated with a Restaurant, Duluth, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • rice, beans

In March 2013 the Minnesota Department of Health investigated an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among a group of co-workers who shared a catered lunch on March 5 from a restaurant in Duluth, Minnesota. Eighteen co-workers were interviewed. Seve…Read More »

January 13 2013 Suspected Bacterial Intoxication at a Worthington, MN Restaurant

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

On January 16, 2013 the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) foodborne illness hotline received a complaint of two meal companions from different households becoming ill with diarrhea after eating at a restaurant on January 15. The restaurant was lo…Read More »

December 11 Meal Served at Zappos by Masterson's Catering Unknown 2011

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating a meal at Zappos(a workplace, in Sheperdsville) catered by Masterson's catering in Kentucky. The catered buffet had been served to an overnight shift of Zappos staff and was not served at the…Read More »

October 10 Bacillus cereus Outbreak at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution (Florida) October 2010

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Rice

In October 2010 an outbreak of Bacillus cereus occurred among inmates at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution in Florida. Inmates from the confinement dorm complained of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness shortly after consuming a meal on …Read More »

January 10 Orange County Supermarket Chicken and Pork 2010

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Pork

Cases of gastroenteritis were reported through the Florida Poison Information Center and Florida's syndromic surveillance system. Illness was linked to attendance at a birthday party and to eating the chicken or pork served at the party. Meat, past…Read More »

December 09 Pennsylvania Private Home Pizza 2009

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pizza

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating pizza at a private home in Pennsylvania. The pizza ingredients were not described.…Read More »

July 09 2009 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus Linked to Pasta, King County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta

An outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating pasta at a catered event in King County, Washington.…Read More »

July 09 2009 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus Linked to Pasta at a Banquet Facility, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating pasta at a banquet facility in Washington state.…Read More »

June 09 2009 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus at a School, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta Dishes, Macaroni and Cheese

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating macaroni and cheese at a school in Connecticut.…Read More »

June 09 Puerto Rico Caterer Pork 2009

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus, Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork

A multi-pathogen outbreak of Bacillus cereus, Enterobacter, and Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten pork prepared by a caterer in Puerto Rico.…Read More »

April 09 2009 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus Associated with Macaroni and Cheese, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta Dishes, Macaroni and Cheese Dairy, Cheese

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating macaroni and cheese at a school in Connecticut.…Read More »

January 09 Alabama Restaurant Rice 2009

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Rice, White

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating white rice at a restaurant in Alabama.…Read More »

December 08 Arizona Banquet Facility Prime Rib 2008

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus, Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Prime Rib

A dual outbreak of Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten prime rib beef at a banquet facility in Arizona.…Read More »

November 08 Georgia Restaurant Fried Rice 2008

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Fried Rice

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus occurred among people who had eaten fried rice at a restaurant in Georgia. The fried rice ingredients were not described.…Read More »

September 08 Virginia Private Home Pot Roast 2008

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Pot Roast

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus occurred among people who had eaten pot roast at a private home in Virginia.…Read More »

September 08 Puerto Rico Wedding Reception Pork 2008

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus occurred among people who had eaten pork at a wedding reception in Puerto Rico.…Read More »

May 08 Pennsylvania Restaurant Chicken Fajitas, Fried Rice, Refried Beans, Tortillas, Tomatoes 2008

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens, Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Rice, Fried Rice, Beans, Refried Beans Fruit, Tomatoes Poultry, Chicken Fajitas Tortillas

A confirmed, dual pathogen outbreak of Clostridium perfringens and Bacillus cereus occurred among people who had eaten at a restaurant in Pennsylvania. The vehicles of infection were: chicken fajitas; fried rice; refried beans; tortillas; tomatoes.…Read More »

May 08 Pennsylvania Church Ground Beef Meatballs 2008

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus, Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Meatballs

A confirmed, dual outbreak of Bacillus cereus and Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten ground beef meatballs while at a church in Pennsylvania.…Read More »

October 07 Tennessee Restaurant Chicken, Rice, Lamb, Pita 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus, Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken Lamb Grains, Rice Bakery, Bread, Pita

A confirmed, dual outbreak of Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus occurred among patrons of a Tennessee restaurant. Chicken, rice, lamb, and pita bread were named as the vehicles of infection.…Read More »

October 07 South Carolina Church Gravy and Steak 2007

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens, Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Sauces, Gravy Beef, Steak

A confirmed, dual outbreak of Bacillus cereus and Clostridium perfringens occurred among people who ate steak, or gravy, during a meal served at a South Carolina church.…Read More »

August 07 South Carolina Restaurant Vegetable Fried Rice 2007

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Rice, Vegetable Fried Rice

An outbreak of Bacillus cereus occurred at a South Carolina restaurant. Vegetable fried rice was named as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

June 07 Pennsylvania Banquet Facility Other Vegetable 2007

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus occurred among people who ate a vegetable at a banquet facility in Pennsylvania. Further description of the vegetable was not offered.…Read More »

February 07 Tennessee Workplace Fried Rice 2007

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Fried Rice, Unspecified

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus occurred at a Tennessee workplace. Fried rice was named as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

December 06 2006 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus Associated with Cooked Spinach, Cooked Crab and White Rice, Florida

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Spinach, Cooked Seafood, Shellfish, Crab, Cooked Grains, Rice, White Rice

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating cooked spinach, crab, and white rice at a private home in Florida.…Read More »

September 06 Rhode Island Private Home Roasted Chicken 2006

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Roasted Chicken

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating roasted chicken at a private home in Rhode Island.…Read More »

July 06 Pennsylvania Private Home Roasted Pork 2006

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Roasted Pork, Roast

A confirmed outbreak of Bacillus cereus occurred among people who had eaten roasted pork while at a private home in Pennsylvania.…Read More »

May 06 2006 Bacillus cereus outbreak, Hardin County, Kentucky

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, rice

In May 2006 public health investigators in Kentucky investigated an outbreak of B. cereus linked to fried rice served at a restaurant in Hardin County. Twenty six people were ill. None were hospitalized. Fried rice was the only food item significantl…Read More »

October 05 Florida Restaurant Cheesecake 2005

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheesecake

A pharmaceutical company sponsored a dinner at an upscale restaurant for local health workers. Shortly after the dinner, guests reported gastrointestinal illness. The local health department investigated the outbreak. The dinner had a fixed menu w…Read More »

August 05 Grand Traverse Church Taco Meat 2005

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Taco Meat

A church fundraiser in mid-August was indicated as the source of an outbreak of gastroenteritis. An investigation found the source of the infection was taco meat contaminated with biotoxins from Bacillus cereus. An environmental investigation concl…Read More »

August 04 2004 Bacillus cereus at a Palm Beach Prison Linked to Consumption of Deli Meat or Beans

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Turkey, Bologna Grains, Beans, Baked

Inmates at a Palm Beach County, Florida, prison facility reported illness starting on September 15, 2004. Prisoners reported gastrointestinal distress after a meal of meat sandwiches and baked beans. The baked beans were determined to be the likely …Read More »

July 93 Chicken Fried Rice 1993

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Rice, Chicken Fried Rice

Gastrointestinal illness (abdominal cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea) occurred suddenly among children and staff at two jointly owned, child day care centers in Fairfax, Virginia. Food histories were obtained for 80 persons. Illness was associated wi…Read More »

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