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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May 18 2018 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Linked to Chicken Sold at Ruby's Pantry

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Chicken, frozen, breaded

Public health and agriculture agencies in Wisconsin and Minnesota investigated an outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to frozen breaded chicken products distributed by Ruby's Pantry pop-up locations. There were 3 cases in Wisconsin and 1 case in…Read More »

January 18 2018-2019 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Raw Chicken Products

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Chicken

In October 2017 the CDC announced an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis infections associated with raw chicken products from a variety of sources. In interviews, ill people reported eating different types and brands of chicken products. The outbreak str…Read More »

August 17 2017 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens, Sumner, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Chicken

In August 2017 Tacoma Pierce County Health Department officials investigated an outbreak of suspected Clostridium perfringens. Fifteen people reported illness after attending an August 19 catered event. No one submitted specimens for laboratory testi…Read More »

January 17 2017 Suspected Outbreak of Salmonella, Tacoma, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • chicken

Two friends who reside in different households and had no other common exposures became ill with symptoms consistent with salmonellosis following a meal of chicken teriyaki at a restaurant in Tacoma, Washington. The implicated meal date was January 2…Read More »

April 16 2016 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Chicken Tikka Masala

Public health officials in Colorado investigated an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurring among 6 people who ate at a student sponsored event at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The implicated meal date was April 13, 2016. One person was …Read More »

May 15 2015 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Linked to Antioch Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, chicken, frozen chicken

Minnesota health and agriculture officials investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to consumption of Antioch Farms brand Cordon Bleu raw stuffed chicken breast. A total of 5 persons were counted as outbreak cases. Two were hospitali…Read More »

April 14 2014 Outbreak of C. Perfringens, Maryland

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • chicken

In April 2014 local and state public health officials in Baltimore, Maryland conducted an investigation of a large outbreak of C. Perfringens among attendees of 2014 Food Safety Summit. The event was held at the Convention Center in Baltimore. The p…Read More »

November 13 2013 Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Tyson Brand Chicken, Tennessee

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • poultry, chicken

Tennessee health officials worked with their federal partners at the CDC and the USDA-FSIS to investigate and outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg at a Tennessee correctional facility. Results from Tennessee's investigation indicated that mechanically s…Read More »

November 13 2013 Outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg at a County Jail

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Chicken

In November 2013 the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) Southeast Regional Office investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg occurring among inmates and staff at a county jail. Twenty-nine cases were identified (23 inmates and 6 officers). N…Read More »

March 13 Multidrug Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Foster Farms Chicken, 2013-2014

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, chicken

Federal and public health officials and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms brand chicken. As of May 27, 2014, a total of 574 persons infected with sev…Read More »

June 12 Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Consumption of Chicken, 2012-2013

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, chicken

A total of 134 persons infected with Salmonella Heidelberg were reported from 13 states. Illness onset dates ranged from June 4, 2012 and May 6, 2013. Thirty one percent were hospitalized. There were no deaths. Local, state, and federal public healt…Read More »

April 12 2012 Clostridium perfringens Intoxications at a Restaurant, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Refried beans, chicken

In April 2012 the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received complaints of illnesses among individuals in three different dining parties who had eaten at the same restaurant located in Mendota Heights. Meal dates were April 14 and April 15. Twelve…Read More »

November 10 2010 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens At A Catered Luncheon, Tampa, Florida

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grain, Rice Poultry, Chicken

An outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred among people who attended a catered company luncheon. The company was located in Tampa, Florida. The onset of illnesses suggested a common source exposure. The ill persons did not have any other group …Read More »

June 08 2008 Salmonella enteritidis linked to chicken “buffalo” wings, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Buffalo Wings

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis occurred among people who had eaten chicken buffalo wings while at a restaurant in Connecticut.…Read More »

May 07 2007 Norovirus at a Pennsylvania Prison Linked to Chicken Sandwich, Chicken, Ham, Mixed Vegetables, Carrots, Celery

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, chicken Sandwich, chicken; ham, other Vegetables, mixed vegetables, carrots, celery

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred at a prison in Pennsylvania. Multiple vehicles of infection were named: chicken sandwich; chicken; ham; mixed vegetables; carrots; celery.…Read More »

April 07 2007 Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup at a Church, Louisiana

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Barbeque

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup occurred among people who attended a barbeque sponsored by a Louisiana church. Barbequed chicken was named as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

August 06 2006 Outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Tilapia Poultry, Chicken, Fried Chicken

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred in Pennsylvania. The exposure location was not described. The vehicles of infection were tilapia fish and fried chicken.…Read More »

May 06 2006 Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium at a Restaurant, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken Fruit, Watermelon

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium was associated with eating chicken or watermelon at a restaurant in Colorado.…Read More »

March 06 2006 Clostridium perfringens at a Alabama Jail Linked to Consumption of Chicken

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, chicken

Inmates of an Alabama jail who had eaten baked chicken developed illness suspected to be caused by Clostridium perfringens. This large outbreak skewed the Center for Disease Control's annual foodborne illness data for 2006. While Clostridium perfri…Read More »

February 05 2005 New Brighton Elementary School Chicken, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken

Elementary school students were sent home after coming down with gastroenteritis from the school lunch. The school admitted to improperly cooking the chicken in the school lunch and causing the outbreak. Later laboratory studies identified the path…Read More »

April 86 1986 Outbreak of Salmonella linked to Chicken Prepared in a School Cafeteria, Oklahoma

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, chicken

An outbreak of Salmonellosis occurred among students and employees of a small school district in Oklahoma, involving four schools. Salmonella Heidelberg and Salmonella Stanley were isolated from stool samples of some of the case-patients. Illness w…Read More »

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