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 Outbreak of E. coli O157 at a Day Care, Tennessee

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157
  • Vehicle:
  • animal contact

Five children who attended the same child care facility, Kids Place, Inc., located in Mascot, Tennessee became ill with E. coli O157:H7. The strain of E. coli O157 isolated in the children was genetically indistinguishable to the strain of E. coli O1…Read More »

March 18 2018 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • romaine lettuce

In April 2018 local, state and federal public health and agriculture agencies announced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. On June 28, 2018 the CDC declared the outbreak over. A total of 21…Read More »

November 17 2017 Multistate/Multiprovince Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Leafy Greens, United States and Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Leafy greens, romaine

At least 15 states reported 25 laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 that appeared to be linked to consumption of leafy greens. Illnesses started on dates from November 05, 2017 through December 12, 2017. Among the 18 ill people for whom the …Read More »

June 17 2017 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Animal Exposure, Utah

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal exposure

In the summer of 2017 local, state and federal public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections in the Hildale/Colorado City community near the Utah and Arizona border. Twelve case-patients met the case definition. Eight…Read More »

March 17 2017 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Chicken & Rice Guys, Massachusetts

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

In March 2017 local and state agencies in Massachusetts investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to food prepared at Chicken & Rice Guys. The Middle Eastern food emporium which operates three restaurants in Boston and one in Medford, along …Read More »

January 17 2017 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at a Western Stock Show, Colorado

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

In January 2017 Colorado public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. Outbreak associated cases attended a western stock show in Denver. Exposure dates ranged from January 11, 2017 to January 21, 2017. Dates of illness onset r…Read More »

September 16 2016 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Associated with Louisburg Cider Mill Festival, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Unpasteurized apple cider

In October 2016 public health officials in Kansas and Missouri investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 among people who attended the Louisburg Cider Mill Festival held over two weekends in September and October, 2016. Fifty-six people reported il…Read More »

August 16 2016 Outbreak of Shiga Toxin E. coli at the Logan County Fair, Colorado

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

In August 2016 there was an outbreak of Shiga toxin E. coli O157:H7 and Shiga toxin E. coli O26 at the Logan County Fair in Sterling, Colorado. Five outbreak cases were identified including 4 who were culture confirmed. All cases spent multiple days …Read More »

May 16 2016 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Pho 75, Aurora, Colorado

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

Public health officials in Colorado investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that occurred among patrons of Pho 75, a restaurant located in Aurora, Colorado. Meal dates ranged between May 24 and June 10. Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) staff c…Read More »

June 14 2014 E. coli O157 Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef Sold at Whole Foods, Massachusetts

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, ground

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the USDA FSIS identified three patients diagnosed with E. coli O157:H7 who became ill after consuming ground beef sold at Whole Foods stores in Newton,…Read More »

April 14 2014 E. coli O157 Outbreak Linked to Wolverine Packing Company Ground Beef

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Ground beef

On June 20, 2014 the CDC published the final update of an outbreak of E. coli O157 involving at 12 people residing in 4 states (Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri. The outbreak prompted a recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef produced b…Read More »

December 14 2014 Outbreak of E. coli Linked to Raw Milk, Kentucky

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, milk, unpasteurized

In September 2014 five children in Hardin, Oldham, and Boone counties, Kentucky were infected with E. coli O157:H7 after drinking raw/unpasteurized milk. Four of the 5 children developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.…Read More »

October 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Ready-to-Eat Salads

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • ready-to-eat salads

In 2013 local, state and federal investigators linked an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 to consumption of ready-to-eat salads produced by glass Onion Catering of Richmond, California. A majority of the 33 ill persons reported purchasing salads at differ…Read More »

October 13 2013 E. coli O157:H7 Among Patrons of The Porch Restaurant, Oakland, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • ground beef

In October 2013 Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Health Department investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 among patrons of The Porch, a restaurant located in Oakland, Pennsylvania. Most of the customers who became sick consumed hamburgers. Howeve…Read More »

October 13 2013 E. coli O157 Infections at Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

In October 2013 three Minnesota children became ill with E. coli O157 infections after contact with animals at Dehn's Pumpkins located in Dayton, Minnesota. One child was hospitalized and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. The children visited the …Read More »

October 13 2013 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at Denver area Jimmy John's Restaurants

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

In October 2013 Colorado public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that occurred among customers of three Denver area Jimmy John's restaurants. A total of 8 people became sick. Meal dates ranged between October 5 and Octobe…Read More »

October 13 2013 E. Coli O157:H7 Infections at a Fall Harvest Festival, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

In October 2013 routine surveillance of reported E. Coli O157 cases triggered an investigation of an outbreak that occurred at a petting zoo at a fall harvest festival in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The two case patients had attended the festival on O…Read More »

August 13 E. coli O157 Outbreak at San Francisco Burma Superstar Restaurant, August 2013

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Garlic Noodles

Between August 23 and August 26, 2013 the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) received eight reports of laboratory confirmed E. coli O157 infections in residents of San Francisco. Typically one case per months is reported in San Francis…Read More »

August 13 2013 E. coli O157 Infections Associated with a Restaurant, Rochester, Minnesota

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

In August 2013 Minnesota public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 among persons who consumed Mexican-style food from a restaurant located in Rochester. Three laboratory confirmed cases had purchased food from the restaurant ca…Read More »

August 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157 Associated with a Wedding, Spring Lake Park, Minnesota

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

Persons who attended a wedding on August 24, 2013 at Spring Lake Park in North Mankato became ill with E. coli O157:H7. Approximately 30-50 people attended the wedding. Twenty-one attendees were interviewed. Eleven persons residing in 8 households me…Read More »

July 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Swimming in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

In July 2013 state health officials in Minnesota identified three cases of E. coli O157 illness in Minnesotans linked to swimming in the Big Island area of Lake Minnetonka. The illnesses occurred in young adults, and all were residents of the seven-c…Read More »

July 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Gort's Cheese Products

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese

The Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial partners in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in 28 patients who consumed cheese products manufactured by Gort's Gouda Cheese Far…Read More »

July 13 2013 E. Coli O57:H7 Infections Associated with Swimming in Lake Minnetonka

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

In July 2013 the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) investigated an outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 among three individuals who shared an indistinguishable strain by PFGE, pattern MN179ECB13 (Minnesota designation). All three cases reported boating and…Read More »

June 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Los Burritos Mexicanos Restaurant, Lombard, Illinois

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

In mid-June 2013 the DuPage County (Illinois) Health Department announced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurring among customers of Los Burritos Mexicanos Restaurant located at 1015 E. Saint Charles Road in Lombard, Illinois. As of June 18 there w…Read More »

May 13 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to BBQ Shack in Toccoa, Georgia, May 2013

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

The Georgia Department of Public Health, the North Health District, and the Stephens County Health Department investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that occurred in early May 2013. As of May 31, 2013, 18 cases had been identified. Eleven peop…Read More »

October 12 Outbreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Cleveland County (NC) Fair, 2012

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157
  • Vehicle:
  • unknown

In October 2012 North Carolina state health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 among persons who attended the Cleveland County Fair. The fair ran from Septebmer 26 to October 7. In total 106 people were reported ill; 25 were confirmed…Read More »

September 12 2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to XL Foods Inc. Beef Sold at Costco, Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Steak

Following identification of 4 patients in Edmonton, Alberta in September 2012 who were infected with E. coli O157 after consuming steaks purchased at Costco and manufactured by XL Foods, Inc. public health investigators in Canada learned of additiona…Read More »

April 12 2012 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Canada and California

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Romaine

An outbreak of E. coli O157 was linked to romaine lettuce grown and distributed by Amazing Coachella Inc., which is the parent company of Peter Rabbit Farms, both based in Coachella, California. Health officials in New Brunswick, Canada identified at…Read More »

April 12 South Carolina E. coli O157:H7 Mexican Restaurant 2012

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

In May of 2012, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)announced that it was investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that had sickened 11 individuals in the Spartanburg area. All 11 victims reported eating at the…Read More »

December 12 Fredericton, New Brunswick E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak, July 2012

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157
  • Vehicle:
  • undetermined

Four cases of E. coli O157:H7 were reported in Fredericton, New Brunswick in July 2012. Three of the 4 cases were hospitalized. Provincial health department investigators were working to determine the source.…Read More »

October 11 2011 Multistate Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Salad Bars

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Lettuce, Romaine

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was first identified in the region around Saint Louis, Missouri. Cases were found in Saint Louis, Jefferson, Saint Charles, and Saint Clair counties and in the city of Saint Louis. The cases ranged in age from 1 to 94…Read More »

July 11 2011 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Strawberries, Oregon

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Strawberries

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to eating fresh strawberries produced by Jaquith Strawberry Farm, in Oregon. The farm sold berries to buyers who in turn distributed them to roadside stands and farmers' markets in Multnomah, Washington, Cla…Read More »

June 11 2011 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at a Splash Park, Opelika, Alabama

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational Water

In June 2011 nineteen people became ill with E. coli O157:H7 after swimming at the Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center Splash Park in Alabama. Exposure dates ranged from June 4 to June 22. Five children tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. Three …Read More »

November 10 2010 E. coli O157 outbreak linked to faulty wastewater system, Mississippi

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

In November 2010 the Mississippi State Department of Health investigated a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases in the Tombigbee Public Health District IV (Starkville/Columbus area). Nine patients were confirmed with E. coli O157:H7 and 4 patients were c…Read More »

January 10 Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, LLC, Ground Beef 2010

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

Ground beef processed by the Athol, Massachusetts based Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, LLC., was recalled on January 11 after the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed a positive ground beef sample for E. coli O157:H7. The hamburge…Read More »

December 09 Belgium, Wisconsin Neighborhood 2009

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

Children on Grand Avenue, in Belgium, Wisconsin, became ill due to E. coli O157:H7. The first illness developed in December; the second and third cases occurred in January. The two laboratory confirmed cases were siblings. The three children had cl…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 »

September 09 2009 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Church Brothers LLC Leafy Greens

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Romaine Lettuce, Iceberg Lettuce

In September, 2009, a cluster of patients who had been infected with an indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157:H7 was identified. Initially case-patients were identified in Colorado, Utah, and New York State. Additional case-patients were identif…Read More »

September 09 2009 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at a Restaurant, Washington

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

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who had eaten at a restaurant in Washington state. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

August 09 2009 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at a Welsh Dance Camp

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

Persons who attended a Welsh Dance Camp between July 29 and August 9, 2009, developed symptoms consistent with E.coli O157:H7. Two cases were confirmed as E. coli O157:H7; the strains matched each other. Pembrokeshire County Council's Public Protect…Read More »

May 09 2009 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at a Mower County Graduation Party

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Produce-Based Salad, Potato Salad

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating potato salad at a graduation party held in Mower County, Minnesota. One of the cases had developed bloody diarrhea prior to preparing the potato salad and was the likely source of con…Read More »

February 09 Cook County Kindercare 2009

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Person-to-Person

Twenty one children and a teacher developed E.coli O157:H7 due to poor handwashing and sanitation practices at the facility. E.coli can be spread from person-to-person when infected persons do not adequately wash their hands or clean diaper changing…Read More »

October 08 2008 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce, Romaine

Johnathan's Family Restaurant in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, was implicated in an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 involving romaine lettuce. This outbreak was one of four, concurrent, restaurant-associated outbreaks in Ontario, Canada. The E.coli O157:…Read More »

October 08 2008 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at M. T. Belllies Restaurant, Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce, Romaine

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 was associated with eating at M.T. Bellies Restaurant, Welland, Ontario, Canada. This was one of four, concurrent, restaurant-associated, outbreaks of E.coli O157:H7 that occurred in Ontario, Canada. Romaine lettuce wa…Read More »

October 08 2008 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Unpasteurized Apple Cider, Iowa

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Beverage, Juice, Apple Cider

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to drinking unpasteurized, apple cider at a fair in Iowa.…Read More »

August 08 Aunt Mid's Produce Company Lettuce 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Packaged, Iceberg Lettuce

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 was associated with bagged, shredded or chopped, industrial-sized packages of iceberg lettuce sold through wholesale venues to restaurants and institutions. Bagged lettuce sold at grocery stores was not implicated. Th…Read More »

August 08 2008 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 in Colorado

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Cantaloupe Beef, Ground Beef

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who had eaten cantaloupe or ground beef at a private home in Colorado.…Read More »

July 08 2008 Outbreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Consumption of Ground Beef at an Alaska Boarding House

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

Three people became ill with E. coli O157:H7 after eating ground beef at a boarding house in Alaska.…Read More »

June 08 Barbeque Pit Steak and Seafood Restaurant 2008

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Top Sirloin

Beef served at the restaurant in Moultrie, Georgia, was the source of an E.coli O157:H7 outbreak. The restaurant purchased beef from Nebraska Beef, Ltd., a beef company which also supplied beef that had been linked to an E.coli outbreak in Michigan …Read More »

June 08 2008 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at a Restaurant, Washington

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

Two people developed infections caused by E. coli O157:H7 after eating at a restaurant in Washington state. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

May 08 2008 E. Coli O157:H7 at a Tennessee Prison Linked to pre-packaged Salad

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Pre-packaged salad

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to the consumption of pre-packaged salad at a prison in Tennessee.…Read More »

October 07 American Foods Group, LLC, Ground Beef 2007

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground beef

American Foods Group, LLC, had processed ground beef that led to E. coli O157:H7 infections in 2 people in Illinois. Investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health led to a recall of the tainted beef in November. The beef was produced on…Read More »

October 07 2007 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Unpasteurized Apple Cider, Massachusetts

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Beverage, Juice, Apple Cider, Unpasteurized

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred in Massachusetts among people who drank unpasteurized, apple cider. The location of exposure was not described.…Read More »

August 07 2007 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Cargill Ground Beef Sold at Sam's Club Stores

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 began in August and led to the eventual recall of 845,000 pounds of Cargill ground beef. Forty six cases were reported by 15 states. Interviews with the case-patients found a common exposure of Cargill hambu…Read More »

April 07 2007 E. coli O157:H7 linked to Richwood Meat Company Little League Snack Shack Hamburgers

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

Three children developed illness caused by E.coli O157:H7 after eating hamburgers at the St. Helena and Calistoga Little League Fields. The hamburger lot was traced. It had been distributed to five western states. A recall was issued, but the detai…Read More »

November 06 2006 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Taco John's Restaurants Linked to Iceberg Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Iceberg lettuce

Iowa and Minnesota health officials investigated an E.coli O157:H7 outbreak among patrons at Taco John's restaurants in Iowa(Cedar Falls) and Minnesota (Albert Lea and Austin). Although this outbreak occurred at the same time as the Taco Bell E.coli…Read More »

December 05 2005 E. coli O157:H7 Among Customers of the Dee Creek Farm Cow Share Program, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

Unpasteurized milk from a farm in Cowlitz County, Washington, was consumed by persons who had participated in a cow-share program and was the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. Persons purchased interests in, or shares of, dairy cows in return f…Read More »

October 05 2005 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at the Big Fresno Fair/Great American Petting Zoo, California

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

At least six children who attended the Big Fresno Fair and who had visited the petting zoo developed illnesses caused by the same strain of E.coli O157:H7. The petting zoo was operated by Great American Petting Zoo. United Site Services provided al…Read More »

July 05 Arizona Petting Zoo 2005

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

Two children were hospitalized due to infections with an identical strain of E.coli O157:H7. The only common link identified between the cbhildren was that they had both visited a petting zoo in Arizona. No common food or beverage was consumed by t…Read More »

May 05 Camp Yamhill Multiple Pathogen Drinking Water 2005

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Drinking Water

An outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred at a camp in Oregon. The outbreak was caused by multiple pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter, and E. coli O145. The water system may have been overwhelmed surface water runoff caused by heavy rai…Read More »

February 05 AgVenture Farms Petting Zoo 2005

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

E.coli O157:H7 related illnesses resulted from contact with petting zoo animals at three separate fairs in Florida, including the Central Florida Fair and the Florida Strawberry Festival, in 2005. AgVenture Farms was a common vendor for the three fa…Read More »

October 04 North Carolina State Fair Petting Zoo 2004

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

A cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases, including some who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), were reported among children who had visited a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair. Further investigation found additional related illnesses. …Read More »

August 04 B & G Foods Ground Beef 2004

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

Six people in Galesburg, Illinois, came down with E. coli O157:H7 infection after consuming the same brand of ground beef in August. The US Department of Agriculture performed a traceback on the meat, but no recall was issued.…Read More »

July 04 Carneco Foods and Sam's Club Ground Beef 2004

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

Ground beef supplied to Sam's Club stores in Wisconsin and Minnesota led to an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7. Approximately 500,000 pounds of ground beef products were recalled. The ground beef had been produced by Carneco Foods of Columbus, Nebraska.…Read More »

July 04 Charity Bike Race Church Dinner Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef 2004

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

Two physicians independently reported individual cases of E. coli O157:H7 to the Minnesota state health department on August 2. The case patients had participated in a recent charity bike ride from Brainerd to St. Joseph, Minnesota. A teammate of o…Read More »

July 02 2002 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at a Spokane Dance Camp Linked to Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Romaine lettuce

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 occurred among attendees of a dance camp held between July 11-14 on the campus of Eastern Washington University. The camp was for middle and high school girls. Attendees were from Washington, Montana, and Minnesota. S…Read More »

June 02 ConAgra Sold in Kroger Grocery Stores Ground Beef 2002

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

The Colorado Department of Health identified an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections in Colorado residents. The strain of E.coli isolated from these ill persons was subsequently found to match strains of E.coli from other cases in Colorado and othe…Read More »

May 02 BJ's Wholesale Club Ground Beef 2002

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

Two children became ill after eating ground beef that had been purchased from BJ's Wholesale Club in West Nyack, New York. Leftover ground beef supplied by one child's family tested positive for E.coli O157:H7. Because the sample had already been t…Read More »

August 01 China Buffet Restaurant 2001

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Cross-contamination

Between August 24 and August 27, Minnesota local health departments noted a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases in Douglas and Pope County. All five cases required hospitalization due to the severity of the infection. Epidemiologists performed routine…Read More »

July 01 2001 E. Coli O157:H7 at a New York Prison, Unknown Vehicle

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating in a New York state prison. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

November 00 American Food Group and Supervalu Ground Beef 2000

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

Minnesota health officials detected a group of people who were infected with the same strain of E.coli O157:H7. Most of the infected Minnesotans had consumed ground beef from SuperValu/Cub Food stores. A total of 42 cases were reported in Minnesota…Read More »

August 00 2001 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Medina County, Ohio, Fairgrounds

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

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with drinking water at a fairgrounds in Medina County, Ohio. An initial cluster of cases was revealed in August among people who attended the county fair. At that time, the environmental invest…Read More »

April 00 Canada Walkerton Water 2000

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Municipal

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 and Campylobacter was identified by the Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Health Unit, Ontario, Canada, in May, 2000. While most of the ill lived in Walkerton, a number of the ill lived in outlying communities. The water supply wa…Read More »

November 99 1999 E. coli O157:H7, Fleetwood Sausage Company, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Salami

Over a twelve week period, 143 cases of genetically indistinguishable, E.coli O157:H7 were identified in British Columbia, Canada. Salami was implicated as the food vehicle. The salami had been produced by Fleetwood Sausage Company. Fleetwood Sausa…Read More »

November 99 1999 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at a Retirement Facility, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Romaine Lettuce Caesar Salad

In November, 1999, seven residents of a Pennsylvania retirement facility were hospitalized with E. coli O157:H7 infections. An investigation determined the outbreak was associated with eating romaine lettuce that had been prepared in one of the fac…Read More »

August 99 1999 Outbreak of E. coli O157 in Clark County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational Water, Lake

A large outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among visitors to a lake, in a state park, in Clark County, Washington. All cases were children who had swum in the lake. Tests of lake water and sediment samples collected in early September, from the c…Read More »

August 99 1999 Multistate Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at Restaurants and Private Home

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Romaine Lettuce

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating romaine lettuce in restaurants and in private home settings.…Read More »

June 99 1999 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Ground Beef, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating ground beef in private homes in Washington state.…Read More »

February 99 1999 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Iceberg Lettuce at Golden Corral Steak House Iceberg Lettuce, Nebraska

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, leafy greens, lettuce, iceberg, head

People who ate at the Golden Corral Steak House restaurant, in Kearney County, Nebraska, during the last week of February became ill with E.coli O157:H7. Iceberg lettuce was implicated in the outbreak.…Read More »

January 99 1999 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7, Sunday River Ski Resort, Maine

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Hamburger

During February-March, 1999, an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections involving guests and employees at the Sunday River Ski resort, in Maine, was investigated. The outbreak was associated with consumption of ground beef patties produced by a compa…Read More »

October 98 1998 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Finley School, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

Eleven students in Finley School District No. 53 became ill after eating ground beef tacos that had been served in a school lunch. On inspection, food handling errors were noted in the school kitchen. No food handlers were known to be ill. There w…Read More »

June 98 1998 E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Consumption of Cloverleaf Farm brand Cheese Curds 1998, Wisconsin

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

Eight laboratory confirmed E. coli O157:H7 cases in Wisconsin prompted an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. A case-control study found a strong association between illness and consumption of fresh cheese curds …Read More »

April 98 Bauer Meats Ground Beef 1998

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A boy in Georgia became ill with E. coli O157:H7 after eating a hamburger at his school lunch. The meat was provided by Bauer Meats, a processing company. Following this illness, Bauer Meats recalled its ground beef products. Five months later, th…Read More »

June 97 1997 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Associated with Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa

Outbreaks of E.coli O157:H7 occurred in Michigan and Virginia in June and July. Most of the cases shared the same genetic strain of E.coli O157:H7 and were phage type 32. Case control studies done independently in both states found that consumption…Read More »

October 96 1996 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Unpasteurized Apple Cider, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Beverage, Juice, Apple Cider

The Connecticut Department of Public Health was notified about four laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection in residents of New Haven County. Additional case-finding was conducted, and with this effort, a total of eight cases had the…Read More »

July 96 1999 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Consumption of White Radish Sprouts, Japan

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, White Radish Sprouts

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 occurred in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, in July, 1996. Most of the ill were children who had attended the elementary schools in the city (total illness associated with the schools was 8355). The illnesses were…Read More »

December 95 1995 E. coli O157:H7 Associated with Deer Meat Jerky

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Deer, Jerky

Homemade venison jerky was implicated in an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 in Oregon. The same strain of E.coli O157:H7 was isolated from the people and from the jerky. Deer fecal samples were collected from nearby forest land and E.coli O157:H7 was id…Read More »

November 94 Columbus Salame Company, Dry-Cured Salami 1994

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Not Ham, Dry-Cured Salami

An outbreak of of E.coli O157:H7 was first detected in King County, Washington, and was linked to the consumption of Columbus Salame Company, dry-cured salami. In King County, the initial cases had purchased the salame from the delicatessens of QFC,…Read More »

July 93 California Grocery Store Ground Beef 1993

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

Ten cases (including three laboratory confirmed cases) of E.coli O157:H7 occurred in a small California community. These illnesses were traced to the consumption of hamburger that had been purchased from a local grocery store. E.coli O157:H7, phage…Read More »

May 88 1988 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Graduation Banquet Linked to Roast Beef

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Roast Beef, Vegetable, Salad

Roast beef that was served at a university graduation banquet led to an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. The resulting illnesses were relatively mild, however two persons required hospitalization. Most persons had nonbloody diarrhea, and no one develop…Read More »

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