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 14 2014 Hepatitis A Linked to Rosa's Restaurant, Hamilton, New Jersey

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Hamilton Township officials investigated an outbreak of hepatitis A after a food handler at Rosa's Restaurant and Catering was diagnosed with the virus. The restaurant employee became ill in late November 2014 and customers were advised to be vaccina…Read More »

March 13 Hepatitis A Linked to Townsend Farms Frozen Berries, March-July 2013

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Berries, Pomegranate

On May 31, 2013 the CDC announced that public health investigators had identified an outbreak of acute hepatitis A attributed to consumption of frozen mixed berries produced by Townsend Farms. As of September 20, 2013 162 patients had been identified…Read More »

February 12 Pomeberry Blend Frozen Berries 2012

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Berries

On April 5, 2012, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control warned the public not to consume Pomeberry Blend frozen berries, manufactured by Western Family, because they may be linked to an outbreak of hepatitis A. Eight cases of hepatitis A o…Read More »

December 10 Cabell-Huntington Community Outbreak Unknown 2010

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A special vaccination clinic was held in response to an outbreak of hepatitis A that occurred in the Milton area of West Virginia. The vehicle of infection was not known.…Read More »

October 10 Vancouver Island Unknown 2010

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of hepatitis A was first declared in October, 2010, due to an increased number of cases, particularly in the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Since September 2011, most cases have been in the Alberni Valley of …Read More »

June 09 McDonald's Restaurant Food Worker 2009

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

A food handler at the McDonald's Restaurant in Milan, Illinois, was hospitalized on June 16 for what subsequently was diagnosed as hepatitis A. The food handler stated that she told her employer, on June 25, about the illness and returned to work. …Read More »

March 09 King County Restaurant Food Worker 2009

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among people who had eaten at a fast food style restaurant in King County, Washington. An infected food worker was described as the cause of the outbreak.…Read More »

December 09 Australian Semi-Dried Tomatoes 2009

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Tomatoes, Semi-dried mixed with oil and herbs Sandwiches

Semi-dried tomatoes were linked to several cases of hepatitis A in Southern Australia, Queensland, and Victoria. People were warned not to eat loose, semi-dried, tomatoes sold in oil with herbs and garlic at IGA, Foodland, Foodworks, and independent…Read More »

April 08 Chipotle Grill Restaurant Unknown 2008

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Persons who dined at the restaurant, located in La Mesa, California, between March 1 and April 22, 2008, developed hepatitis A. Restaurant employees were tested for hepatitis A subsequent to the outbreak and had no evidence of recent hepatitis A infe…Read More »

April 08 California Other or Restaurant Romaine Lettuce 2008

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Romaine Lettuce

A confirmed outbreak of Hepatitis A was linked to eating romaine lettuce in California. The exposure locations were described as restaurant or "other."…Read More »

May 07 Illinois Private Home Unknown 2007

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of hepatitis A was linked to eating at a private home in Illinois.…Read More »

April 07 Puerto Peñasco Raw Oysters 2007

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

In May, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) was notified of a cluster of Hepatitis A cases in Maricopa, Yuma and Pima counties. All of the cases reported eating raw oysters in Puerto Peñasco, or Rocky Point, Mexico between March 8 and …Read More »

April 07 Minnesota Restaurant Food Worker 2007

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among patrons and employees of a Murray county, Minnesota, restaurant. There were eight total cases; three of the cases were food workers.…Read More »

March 07 Florida Restaurant Acai, Bananas, Strawberries, Sugar Cane Juice 2007

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Acai, Bananas, Strawberries Sugar Cane Juice

A confirmed outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among people who had consumed acai, bananas, strawberries, and sugar cane juice while at a restaurant in Florida.…Read More »

February 07 Minnesota Restaurant Ice Cream/Yogurt 2007

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Ice Cream, Yogurt, Food Worker

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among patrons of a Hennepin County, Minnesota, restaurant. Ice cream or yogurt were named as the vehicles of infection.…Read More »

August 06 Senor Baja Restaurant Unknown 2006

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

At least three people contracted Hepatitis A infections after eating at a Los Angeles area restaurant. Senor Baja restaurant was implicated as the source of the infections, but no specific food item or sick employee was found.…Read More »

August 06 Texas School and Workplace Cafeteria Unknown 2006

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of hepatitis A was associated with a school and with a workplace cafeteria. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

July 06 North Carolina Private Home Spring Water 2006

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Spring, Surface Water

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among persons who visited a farm in western North Carolina and who drank water from the spring. Hepatitis A isolates from human and water samples were identical. No hepatitis A was isolated from farm produce.…Read More »

April 06 Sharky's Restaurant Food Worker 2006

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

The Tillimook County, Oregon, Sharky's restaurant was cited as the source of an outbreak of Hepatitis A that started in April. A restaurant employee was diagnosed in May, and he reported working between April 15 and April 30. A total of seven hepat…Read More »

April 06 California Other Location Ice 2006

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Ice

A confirmed outbreak of hepatitis A was associated with eating ice in California. The exposure location was described only as "other."…Read More »

January 06 Bamboo Grill Food Worker 2006

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

A confirmed outbreak of hepatitis A was linked to eating at the Bamboo Grill, in Phoenix, Arizona.…Read More »

November 05 Cafe Pinot Restaurant 2005

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Five restaurant employees and a restaurant patron were diagnosed with hepatitis A between November 29 and December 7. Four of the employees had worked while ill. Vaccinations to prevent hepatitis A were offered to restaurant patrons. This outbreak…Read More »

November 05 Lettuce 2005

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce

Los Angeles health officials noted a dramatic increase in the number of Hepatitis A cases in late 2005. The virus was loosely linked to consumption of lettuce, but no specific supplier or grower was found. Health officials notified the public throu…Read More »

October 05 La Golandrina Mexican Restaurant 2005

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Hepatitis A was confirmed in persons who ate at a downtown Los Angeles, California, Mexican restaurant on September 14 or 15, 2005. A case-control study was not conducted because the link between the restaurant and cases was not identified until Nove…Read More »

October 05 Silver Grill Location Catering/Soleil Produce Baby Mixed Green Lettuce 2005

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce

Cast members of the Hollywood film, "The Good German," reported Hepatitis A infections in early November. This cluster of cases led the Los Angeles County Health Department to conduct an investigation. A case-control study showed that case patients…Read More »

August 05 Raw Oysters 2005

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

Oysters harvested from specific areas in the Gulf Coast were the cause of a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A starting in August. The oysters were harvested prior to Hurricane Katrina, so they were not contaminated by the effects of the storm, but…Read More »

May 05 Waterloo Restaurant Food Worker 2005

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

A food worker developed hepatitis A and infected patrons of a restaurant in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Immunization had been offered to approximately 700 restaurant patrons.…Read More »

April 05 East Tennessee Restaurant 2005

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of hepatitis A began in April in East Tennessee. Health officials suspected that the case-patients were all exposed at a LaFollette restaurant in March. An employee of the Waffle House, not in LaFollette, developed hepatitis A in April.…Read More »

November 04 Maple Lawn Dairy Family Restaurant 2004

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food worker

Patrons who ate at the Ashland, New York, restaurant between September 26 and October 10 were exposed to hepatitis A. A food handler had hepatitis A and had worked while infectious. One patron died four months after his illness due to complications…Read More »

October 03 Chi Chi's Restaurant Green Onions 2003

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, green onions

Pennsylvania State health officials first learned of a Hepatitis A outbreak when unusually high numbers of hepatitis A cases were reported in late October, 2003. All but one of the initial cases had eaten at the Chi Chi’s restaurant at the Beaver …Read More »

September 03 Georgia Restaurants Green Onions 2003

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Green Onions

Outbreaks of hepatitis A were linked to the consumption of green onions at restaurants. A traceback showed that the implicated green onions originated from the same distributor from California suppliers and had been grown in Mexico. The implicated …Read More »

September 03 O' Charley's Restaurants Green Onions 2003

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onion

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among patrons and foodhandlers at the O'Charley's Restaurant in Knoxville, Tennessee. No foodhandler was identified as the source of transmission to restaurant patrons. The Centers for Disease Control sent an inv…Read More »

December 03 Buncombe County Restaurant 2003

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Green Onions

An outbreak of hepatitis A was linked to the consumption of green onions at a restaurant in North Carolina. A traceback showed that the implicated green onions originated from a distributor who had obtained them from California suppliers. An earlie…Read More »

December 01 Japan Clam 2001

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis, Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Clams

A party of 57 people dined together in Hamamatsu City, Japan, in December, 2001. The next day, 22 of them developed diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Four were confirmed to be infected with norovirus. One month later, four people from the same party …Read More »

October 01 D'Angelo's Restaurant Food Worker 2001, Hepatitis A

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food worker

In October, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) was notified that a food service worker at D'Angelo's Restaurant in Swansea, Massachusetts, had tested positive for hepatitis A. The food worker was contagious while working between Oc…Read More »

November 00 Taco Bell Restaurants Green Onion 2000

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onion

In December, South Carolina health department workers began receiving reports of hepatitis A that were associated with eating a meal at a Taco Bell in Fruitland Park, Florida. The Florida health department was notified and investigated the outbreak …Read More »

February 00 Carl's Jr. Food Worker Hepatitis A 2000

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

In February, the Spokane Regional Health District in Washington State learned of a foodhandler who worked at Carl's Jr. who had hepatitis A. The food handler had handled vegetable garnishes. Over 1400 restaurant patrons were offered immune globulin…Read More »

October 99 Subway Salads and Sandwiches Restaurant Food Worker 1999

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

Patrons of two Subway Restaurant outlets that were located in northern neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington, developed hepatitis A. Some of the food workers were tested for hepatitis A; among these food handlers no evidence of hepatitis A was found.…Read More »

November 98 Ohio Restaurant Green Onions 1998

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onion

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among patrons of an Ohio restaurant. The restaurant's food workers were tested for hepatitis A; there was no evidence that a food handler could have contaminated the food with hepatitis A virus. A case-control st…Read More »

March 98 McDonald's Restaurant Food Worker 1998

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

Several reports of hepatitis A among residents of Skagit County, Washington, were associated with eating at the same McDonald's Restaurant on Riverside Drive, in Mount Vernon. The assistant manager of the restaurant had worked while infected with He…Read More »

September 97 Stage Deli Cole Slaw 1997

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Produce-Only Salad, Cole Slaw

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among patrons of Stage Deli, in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Eating the deli's cole slaw was statistically associated with a risk of illness. It was unclear how the cole slaw became contaminated.…Read More »

June 97 Elkhart County Restaurant Food Worker 1997

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

An outbreak of hepatitis A was identified in Elkhart County, Indiana, and attributed to eating at a local restaurant. Further investigation identified the index case to be a former restaurant employee who had worked at the establishment one month ea…Read More »

January 97 A&W Frozen Strawberries 1997

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Strawberries, Frozen

A large outbreak of hepatitis A was associated with the consumption of strawberries served at school. The strawberries had been imported from Mexico and processed/packaged in California by A&W. They were frozen and sold for commercial use in schoo…Read More »

January 95 Taco Bell Food Worker 1995

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among patrons of a Taco Bell Restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah. The outbreak was traced to an infected restaurant employee.…Read More »

October 94 Kentucky Caterer Food Worker 1994

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

A large outbreak of hepatitis A resulted from an infected food worker who prepared many uncooked foods served at 41 catered events. In October, 1994, when the food worker's illness was reported to the Kentucky State Health Department, patrons were n…Read More »

April 94 Retail Buyers' Club Bakery Sugar Glazed Baked Goods 1994

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Breads and Bakery, Sugar Glazed, Baked Goods

Eating food while visiting a retail buyers' club in Rochester, New York, was associated with an outbreak of hepatitis A. Club employees who ate sugar-glazed baked goods were found to be at fourfold risk for developing hepatitis A. The source of the…Read More »

December 94 Restaurant Diced Tomatoes 1994

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Tomatoes, Diced Food Worker

An outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among diners who ate diced tomatoes served at an Arkansas restaurant. It was suspected that the tomatoes had been contaminated by a food handler.…Read More »

December 92 Le Petit Gourmet Catering Facility and Sweet Soiree Bakery Food Workers 1992

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

A foodborne outbreak of hepatitis A was associated with Le Petit Gourmet Catering Facility and Sweet Soiree Bakery in Denver, Colorado. The catering firm and the bakery were under the same management. Infected food workers likely contaminated the fo…Read More »

June 92 Alaska Fast Food Restaurant Sandwiches 1992

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Sandwiches

On May 4, a food worker who made uncooked sandwiches at a fast-food restaurant in Juneau, Alaska, developed gastroenteritis. He was allowed to remain at work, but told not to handle food. He sought medical attention on May 8 when he became jaundice…Read More »

April 92 Milwaukee Sandwich Shops Sandwiches 1992

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Sandwiches

A food worker who was employed at sandwich shops in downtown Milwaukee and at a university campus developed hepatitis A. The illness was reported to the health department. The health department found no sanitary violations or evidence of hepatitis …Read More »

December 90 Cass County Missouri Restaurant Lettuce 1990

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens

An employee of a restaurant in Cass County, Missouri, was diagnosed with hepatitis A. The employee's duties were dishwashing, however the worker occasionally unpacked fresh produce and prepared lettuce for salads. Resulting case-patients were more …Read More »

April 90 Frozen Strawberries 1990

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Strawberries

Frozen strawberries that had been processed at a single plant were linked to outbreaks of hepatitis A. In Geogia, illnesses occurred among students and teachers of an elementary school. Three months, later, in Montana, an outbreak involving the str…Read More »

April 89 Chain Restaurant in Seattle 1989

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In May, Seattle-King County Department of Public Health (SKCDPH) investigated 213 cases of hepatitis A--a threefold increase over the average of 68 cases reported in each of the first 4 months of 1989. Most of the ill (117 persons) had eaten at one o…Read More »

December 89 Louisiana Public Pool 1989

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational Water, Jacuzzi

A confirmed outbreak of hepatitis A was linked to swimming in a jacuzzi pool located within a Louisiana camp ground. Ill swimmers were more likely to have swum for more than one hour and to have dipped their heads under water. Because of a cross-co…Read More »

December 88 Ice-Slush Beverage 1988

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Beverage, Ice-Slush, Food Worker

In the summer of 1988, an outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among people who had visited Peters Creek, Alaska, and drank an ice-slush drink at the local convenience store. The drink was prepared daily with tap water from a bathroom sink using utensil…Read More »

September 88 North Carolina Restaurant Food Worker, Ice Tea, Hamburger 1988

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker, Beverage, Ice Tea, Hamburger

In late September, employees of businesses in east Greensboro, North Carolina, were reported to have hepatitis A. Only day-shift employees became ill. The investigation suggested that eating at one specific restaurant and consuming ice tea or hambu…Read More »

July 88 Multistate Raw Oysters from the Gulf of Mexico 1988

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

Oysters that were harvested in the coastal waters of Panama City, Florida, were associated with a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A. Hepatitis A virus was isolated from oysters from approved an unapproved oyster beds and from scallops harvested fro…Read More »

February 88 Commercially Distributed Iceberg Lettuce 1988

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce, Leafy Greens, iceberg lettuce

A widespread outbreak of hepatitis A occurred in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Illness was associated with eating downtown at any one of three restaurants. Case-control studies found that eating green salad was strongly associated with illness. Iceb…Read More »

April 86 Floating Restaurant Food Worker 1986

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food worker, Vegetable, leafy greens, beverages

A large, prolonged outbreak of hepatitis A occurred among patrons and employees of a floating restaurant in Florida. The exposure period lasted 31 days. Green salad was an important vehicle of transmission for each phase of the outbreak. Non-salad…Read More »

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