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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September 17 2017 Clostridium perfringens, Ramsey County, Minnesota jail

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Rice, tamale pie

In September 2017 St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health investigated an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens among inmates at the local jail. State health officials tested sample trays of food served for lunch and…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 »

September 13 2013 Outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul at a Minnesota Correctional Facility

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In September 2013 Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) staff and Washington County Public Health (WCPH) staff investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul among staff and inmates at the Stillwater Correctional Facility located in Washington Coun…Read More »

August 12 2012 Salmonella at Bexar County Jail

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of salmonella occurred at the Bexar County downtown jail facility in August 2012. Between 70 and 100 inmates were ill. Four men were sent to a local hospital for treatment.…Read More »

August 12 2012 E. coli at Saginaw Correctional Facility

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

The Saginaw Correctional Facility was placed under quarantine due to an outbreak of E. coli in August and September 2012. At least 89 prisoners and 7 staff were ill. The majority of cases were reported from August 27-30, with 2 cases on September 2 …Read More »

April 12 2012 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Kent County, Michigan Jail Linked to Rice and Cheese

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grain, Rice Dairy, Cheese

About 250 inmates being held at the Kent County Jail in Grand Rapids, Michigan, developed food poisoning symptoms starting April 15. The cause for the illnesses was determined to be a dish of rice and cheese. It had been prepared in large quantitie…Read More »

October 11 2011 Clostridium Botulinum at a Utah State Prison Linked to Pruno

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Prison Made Drink, Pruno, Fruit, Alcohol

Inmates of a Utah State Prison developed botulism after drinking pruno. Pruno is a drink made from various fruit, potato, bread, water, table scraps, and sugar which is then fermented to make alcohol. Making pruno in prison is a violation of prison…Read More »

February 09 2009 Salmonella Enteritidis at a prison in Jackson County, Mississippi Prison

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was associated with eating at a prison in Jackson County, Mississippi.…Read More »

November 08 2008 Clostridium perfringens at a Louisiana Prison

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Stuffing

A confirmed outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred among people who had eaten stuffing at a prison in Louisiana. The stuffing ingredients were not described.…Read More »

October 08 2008 Norovirus at a Oklahoma Prison, Unknown Vehicle

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred at an Oklahoma prison. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

August 08 2008 Clostridium perfringens at a Wisconsin Jail Linked to a casserole

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta Dishes, Casserole Beef, Ground Beef Poultry, Ground Turkey

Jail inmates reported illness after eating casserole served during the evening meal on August 7. The casserole was made with leftover ingredients from previous meals, including macaroni, ground beef, ground turkey. Clostridium Perfringens was isola…Read More »

July 08 2008 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Texas Prison, Unknown Vehicle

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred at a Texas prison. 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 »

April 08 2008 Norovirus at an Oregon Jail

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among inmates at jail in Oregon. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

February 08 2008 Clostridium perfringens at a Larimer County Jail Linked to Chili

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium pefringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Chili

A confirmed outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred at a prison facility in Colorado. Chili was named as the vehicle of infection. The chili had been cooled too slowly after it had been cooked.…Read More »

November 07 2007 Clostridium perfringens at a Georgia Prison Linked to Consumption of Beef Stew

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Beef Dishes, Beef Stew

A confirmed outbreak of Clostridium perfringens was linked to eating beef stew at a prison in the state of Georgia.…Read More »

September 07 2007 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Pueblo County, Colorado Jail

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Beans, Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Inmates at a Pueblo County, Colorado, jail began reporting gastrointestinal illness in the last first week of September. The number ill quickly increased forcing a massive program of isolation and reorganization of the inmates. Ill people had to be…Read More »

September 07 2007 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Colorado Prison Linked to Chili Beans

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Beans, Chili

A confirmed outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred at a Colorado prison. Chili with beans was described as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

August 07 2007 Staphylococcus aureus at a Florida Prison Linked to Smoked Pork

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Smoked Pork

An outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred at a Florida prison. Smoked pork was named as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

August 07 2007 Clostridium Perfringens at a Washington State Prison, Unknown vehicle

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Clostridium perfringens was linked to a prison in Washington state. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

August 07 2007 Norovirus at a Michigan Prison

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus was linked to a prison in the state of Michigan. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

July 07 2007 non-O157 E. Coli at a Jefferson County Jail Linked to Pasteurized American Cheese or Margarine

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, American Cheese Fats or Oils, Margarine

An outbreak attributed to three non-O157 strains of E. coli bacteria, occurred at the Jefferson County Jail, in Colorado. The strains of E. coli associated with this outbreak were: O121; O26; O84. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and P…Read More »

June 07 2007 Salmonella Montevideo at a Massachusetts Jail

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo occurred at a prison facility in Massachusetts. The vehicle of infection was not described.…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 »

May 07 2007 Clostridium perfringens at New Jersey Prison Linked to Turkey Ziti Casserole

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta Dishes, Casserole Poultry, Turkey

A large outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred at a prison in New Jersey. A turkey ziti casserole was named as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

April 07 2007 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Louisiana Prison

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred at a prison in Louisiana. The vehicle of infection was not named.…Read More »

May 06 2006 Staphylococcus aureus at a Ottawa County Jail Linked to Powdered Milk

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Powdered

Inmates at the Ottawa County Fillmore Complex jail, in Michigan, suffered gastrointestinal illness on May 17 after breakfast. An investigation found the vehicle to be powdered milk, that was improperly cooled after being mixed with hot water. This …Read More »

May 06 2006 Norovirus at a Minnesota Prison

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Sandwich

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten sandwiches while at a prison in Minnesota. The type of sandwich was not described.…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 06 2006 Salmonella Typhimurium at a Virginia Prison

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Turkey

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium was linked to eating turkey at a Chesterfield County, Virginia, correctional facility. The contaminated vehicle was turkey.…Read More »

January 06 2006 Norovirus at a Wisconsin Prison

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef Sandwich, Sloppy Joe Poultry, Chicken

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred in a Wisconsin prison among people who had eaten ground beef, or sloppy joes, or chicken.…Read More »

November 04 2004 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Maricopa Area Jail Linked to Sausage

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Sausage

A correctional officer reported a possible foodborne outbreak to the Office of Environmental Health in Arizona when a number of inmates presented with gastrointestinal distress. A laboratory investigation found the causative agent to be Norovirus. …Read More »

August 04 2004 Bacillus cereus at a Palm Beach Prison Linked to Consumption of Deli Meat or Beans

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Turkey, Bologna Grains, Beans, Baked

Inmates at a Palm Beach County, Florida, prison facility reported illness starting on September 15, 2004. Prisoners reported gastrointestinal distress after a meal of meat sandwiches and baked beans. The baked beans were determined to be the likely …Read More »

June 04 2004 Botulism at a California Prison linked to Pruno

  • Organism:
  • Botulism
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Beverage, Pruno

Five inmates in a California prison developed botulism after drinking an alcoholic drink, "pruno." The "pruno" was a drink concocted by the inmates. Pruno was made from bread crusts, fruit scraps and potato peels which were fermented to make an al…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 »

February 01 2001 South Carolina Prison

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs

Inmates in four South Carolina prisons developed gastroenteritis. Stool specimens from ill inmates yielded Salmonella Enteritidis phage types 2, 13a, and 23. No staff members from the prisons had been ill. Eggs used by the four prison had been sup…Read More »

February 01 2001 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at South Carolina Department of Corrections Facilities

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (DOC) reported large outbreaks of gastroenteritis in women and mens facilities. Both facilities were served by one kitchen. The lunch meal served on March 2, was consumed by 91% of the female case-patients…Read More »

October 90 1990 Outbreak of Salmonella Infantis and Staphylococcus aureus at a Florida State Prison

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Turkey

Eating turkey at the evening meal on October 10,1990 was associated with a risk of illness at a Florida state prison. Salmonella Infantis and Staphylococcus aureus were isolated from leftover samples of turkey. Salmonella Infantis was isolated from…Read More »

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