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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March 16 2016 Outbreak of Respiratory Symptoms Linked to Exposure to Chlorine at a Swimming Pool, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Chemical
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

On March 19, 2016, twenty two children developed coughs, sore throats and other respiratory symptoms following exposure to chlorine at an indoor swimming pool located in Lafayette, Colorado. All 22 were seen in the emergency department. No one was ho…Read More »

April 10 Sodium Azide Poisoning - Dallas County, 2010

  • Organism:
  • Chemical
  • Vehicle:
  • Iced tea

In April 2010 Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) staff investigated reports of acute-onset dizziness among patrons in a local restaurant. Symptoms included fainting resulting from low blood pressure, occurred within minutes of consuming …Read More »

August 09 Mi Ranchito Restaurant Methomyl Pesticide 2009

  • Organism:
  • Chemical
  • Vehicle:
  • Salsa or Pico de Gallo, Tomato salsa

There was a powerful and dangerous pesticide, Methomyl, in the salsa served at the Mi Ranchito Restaurant in Lenexa, Kansas. About 48 people suddenly fell ill with nausea and vomiting while dining at the restaurant. More than a dozen people were tak…Read More »

August 09 2009 Outbreak of Intentional Chemical Poisoning at a Harvard Laboratory, Massachusetts

  • Organism:
  • Chemical
  • Vehicle:
  • Coffee

Six Harvard University medical researchers were poisoned in August after drinking coffee that was laced with a chemical preservative, according to university officials. The coffee came from a machine near their laboratory that later tested positive …Read More »

December 08 2008 Melamine in Chinese Milk and Powdered Infant Formula

  • Organism:
  • Chemical
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk Dairy, Powdered Infant Formula

For months, melamine was added to milk and powdered infant formula in China. Melamine is a chemical that is used to make plastics; it is high in nitrogen, which makes milk appear to have a higher protein content when tested. Addition of melamine int…Read More »

December 06 2006 Multistate Outbreak of Chemical Poisoning Linked to Bakery Bun, Doughnuts, Danishes

  • Organism:
  • Chemical
  • Vehicle:
  • Breads and Bakery, Bun, Doughnuts, Danishes

There was an outbreak of illness due the contamination of bakery goods with a floor sealant chemical. The bakery goods involved included, buns, doughnuts, or danishes. The states affected by the outbreak were not given.…Read More »

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