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 08 Whole Foods, Simsbury Town Farm Dairy Unpasteurized, Raw Milk 2008

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

Initially two cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome were reported through the routine disease surveillance system in Connecticut. The ill were children who had a history of consuming raw milk from the Simsbury Town Farm Dairy. Additional laboratory co…Read More »

October 07 Petting Zoo Animal Contact 2007

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

An outbreak of E. coli O45 was attributed to contact with animals at a petting zoo in New Hampshire.…Read More »

May 07 2007 Day Camp Petting Zoo in Pinellas County

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

The Pinellas County Health Department, in Florida, received a report of illness in a nine-year-old who had attended a week-long session at a day camp; the child had come in contact with animals in the camp's petting zoo. Forty-five children, in grad…Read More »

August 05 2005 New York Prison Food Worker, Non-O157 STEC

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Food worker

In August and September,, 2005, 2.4% of the inmates at a New York state correctional facility reported diarrhea. Seventeen had bloody stools which led the facility to submit stool samples for laboratory testing. Sixteen samples tested positive for …Read More »

July 03 2003 Outbreak of E. coli O157:NM Associated with Alfalfa Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa Sprouts

An outbreak of E.coli O157:NM occurred in Colorado. Illness was associated with eating alfalfa sprouts. The E.coli O157:NM strain matched a strain that had been implicated in an outbreak in Minnesota in January. The same seed distributor was ident…Read More »

January 03 2003 Outbreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Consumption of Alfalfa Sprouts at a Minnesota Restaurant

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

In February, a cluster of E.coli O157:H7 (4 cases) and E. coli O157:NM (3 cases) was detected in Minnesota. Illness appeared to be associated with eating alfalfa sprouts served at restaurants although two of the cases appeared to be caused by second…Read More »

June 01 Multiple Pathogen Minnesota Day Camp Animal Contact 2001

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

For a second year, a multiple pathogen outbreak occurred at the same university sponsored, farm day camp; a similar outbreak occurred the year before. The camp was held on campus and was for young children. The attraction of the camp was that child…Read More »

June 00 Multiple Pathogen Minnesota Day Camp Animal Contact 2000

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

An outbreak due to multiple pathogens was associated with participation at a farm day camp. The camp was sponsored by a university and was held on campus for young children. There were eight camps sessions scheduled throughout the summer. Although…Read More »

June 98 1998 Outbreak of E. coli O157:NM Associated with Alfalfa and Clover Mixed Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Alfalfa, Clover Sprouts

An alfalfa and clover sprout mix was associated with an outbreak of E. coli O157:NM. A single sprout grower was one of several sprout sources for 25% of case-patients and was the sole source of sprouts for 75% of case-patients. The sprout grower ha…Read More »

December 94 Australia Uncooked, Semi-Dry Fermented Sausage 1995, Non O157 E. coli

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, mettwurst

An outbreak of E. coli O111:NM in South Australia was associated with eating uncooked, semi-dry, fermented sausage that had been produced by a single manufacturer. E.coli O111:NM was isolated in the sausage and matched the strain that had been isola…Read More »

March 93 Carrots 1993, non-O157 E. coli

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Produce-Only Salad, Vegetable, Carrots, Lettuce Produce-Only Salad, Vegetable, Tabouleh (onions, carrots, zucchini, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes, parsley, bulgar wheat, olive oil, lemon juice, and bottled garlic)

In March, the Rhode Island Department of Health investigated an outbreak of illness among passengers of an airline flight. Forty seven of 74 passengers were ill. A meal had been served on the flight. Illness was most strongly associated with eatin…Read More »

April 91 Minnesota Restaurant 1991

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Beginning in mid-April, patrons eating at a restaurant which served a large hotel and conference center developed diarrhea within a few days after their meal. The restaurant featured an elaborate buffet. Stool samples from ten restaurant patrons yi…Read More »

December 90 Ohio Family Unknown 1990

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Members of an Ohio family became ill due to E. coli O111:NM. The first known illness was a child who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. The presence of E. coli O111:NM was confirmed by blood tests and stool culture. The source of the infections …Read More »

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