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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July 16 2016 Hepatitis A Linked to Frozen Strawberries, Tropical Smoothie Cafe

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis A
  • Vehicle:
  • strawberries

Several states, the CDC and the FDA investigated a multistate outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt. Nearly all ill people interviewed reported drinking smoothies containing strawberries at Tropical Smoot…Read More »

June 16 2016 Hepatitis A - Hawaii

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis A
  • Vehicle:
  • scallops

On July 1, 2016 Hawaii Department of Health announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A primarily occurring among residents of Oahu. By August 16 there were 168 outbreak associated cases. Forty six had been hospitalized. Illness onset dates ranged from June…Read More »

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 »

September 13 2013 Hepatitis A Among Patrons of New Hawaii Sea Restaurant, New York

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • unknown

In September 2013 New York City health officials investigated a report of hepatitis A in an employee of New Hawaii Sea Restaurant located in the Bronx. The patient reported onset of fever, malaise, and anorexia on September 10, dark urine on Septembe…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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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