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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December 16 2016-2017 Vibrio vulnificus Infections Associated with Handling Tilapia from Fish Tanks, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Fish

In 2016-2017 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) investigated the source of two reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus. Both case-patients sustained wounds while handling tilapia, a freshwater fish, purchased live from 2 retail fish markets before…Read More »

November 14 2014 Outbreak of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning, Orange County, Florida

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Fish, Grouper

In November 2014 the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Orange County received a report from FDOH online foodborne illness complaint system of a person diagnosed with Ciguatera Fish Poisoning. Multiple data sources were used to detect 5 additiona…Read More »

June 14 2014 Tetrodotoxin Poisoning from Imported Dried Puffer Fish - Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Puffer fish

In June 2014 Minnesota health officials investigated an outbreak of tetrodotoxin poisoning linked to consumption of dried puffer fish (also known as globefish). The fish was purchased during a trip to New York City and consumed by siblings age 30 and…Read More »

March 13 2013 Diarrheal Illness Assocaited with a Restaurant, Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • fish

In March 2013 the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) investigated an outbreak of diarrheal illnesses among patrons of a restaurant located in Bloomington, Minnesota. The initial complainant reported symptoms of one episode of diarrhea, profuse pers…Read More »

January 12 2012 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly Linked to Consumption of Moon Marine USA Corporation Raw Yellowfin Tuna

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Yellowfin Tuna

In April 2012 the CDC and FDA announced a multi-state outbreak of salmonellosis linked to consumption of frozen raw yellowfin tuna product known as Nakaochi Scrape distributed by Moon Marine USA Corporation. Scrape is tuna backmeat that is scraped fr…Read More »

December 12 2012 Multistate Outbrea of Salmonella Thompson Associated with Dutch Smoked Salmon

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Salmon

An outbreak investigation of Salmonella Thompson possibly linked to smoked salmon manufactured by Dutch company, Foppen, was initiated in September 2012. At least 85 patients with a genetically indistinguishable strain of Salmonella serotype Thompson…Read More »

February 11 Ciguatera Outbreak in Monroe County, Florida 2011

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Fish, amberjack

Consuming amberjack recreationally caught near Cay Sal in the Bahamas resulted in Ciguatera toxin poisoning in 5 adults and 1 child in February 2011. Three ill persons were residents of Monroe County, Florida and three ill persons lived in Miami-Dade…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 »

December 98 Gulf of Mexico Yellow-Fin Tuna 1998

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Seaafood, Finfish, Tuna

In early December, four people experienced burning sensations in the mouth, metallic tastes, facial flushing, nausea, diarrhea, seating, and headache. They all sought physician care for the symptoms, and were diagnosed with scombroid poisoning. The…Read More »

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