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 13 Salmonella Heidelberg Following a Funeral, Alabama - July 2013

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

The Alabama Department of Public Health announced an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg that affected at least 80 of 100 or more people who ate a meal on July 6, 2013 after a funeral at Eastern Star Baptist Church in York, Alabama. Ill persons were re…Read More »

November 11 Celebrity Bakery Cream Puffs 2011

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Breads and Bakery, Cream Puffs, Dairy

An outbreak of Staphylococcus was suspected among those who had eaten cream puffs prepared by the Celebrity Bakery and served at a variety of social functions in Guam. At least 21 people became ill.…Read More »

July 11 2011 Staphylococcus aureus at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland, Oregon

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Food worker

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating hollandaise sauce, or eggs benedict, for breakfast, on July 17, at the Portland Crowne Plaza Hotel. Six of the ill were at the hotel to participate in the National Association …Read More »

November 10 Rolf's Patisserie Desserts 2010

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Dessert, Tiramisu, cream cake, frosting

On December 23, the Illinois Department of Health announced that there had been four recent outbreaks involving dessert items from Rolf's Patisserie, in Lincolnville, Illinois. A total of 100 cases of illness were reported from four separate events …Read More »

November 09 South Carolina Fair, Festival, or Temporary Mobile Service Pork Barbeque 2009

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Staphyloccus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Barbeque

A multi-pathogen outbreak was associated with eating barbeque pork at a fair, festival, or temporary mobile service in South Carolina. The pathogens were: Clostridium perfringens; Staphylococcus aureus; Salmonella Montevideo.…Read More »

June 09 Italian Garden Restaurant Cannelloni and Chicken 2009

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pasta Dishes, Cannelloni with cheese filling Poultry, Chicken Dairy, Cheese

Several patrons of the Italian Garden Restaurant in Emporia, Kansas, developed nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea within ten hours after eating at the restaurant between June 12 and June 25. Two food items were significantly associated with illness, can…Read More »

June 09 Puerto Rico Caterer Pork 2009

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

A multi-pathogen outbreak of Bacillus cereus, Enterobacter, and Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten pork prepared by a caterer in Puerto Rico.…Read More »

May 09 Virginia Church Egg Salad Sandwiches 2009

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Egg Dishes, Egg Salad Sandwich

Egg salad sandwiches were associated with an outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus among people who had eaten at a church in Virginia.…Read More »

May 09 Oklahoma Unknown Location Unknown Vehicle 2009

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Meat-Based Salads, Chicken Salad

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating chicken salad in Oklahoma. The exposure location was not described.…Read More »

March 09 New York Church Chicken Yak 2009

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken Yak

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating chicken or yak while at a church in New York state.…Read More »

February 09 2009 Outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus at a Mississippi Prison Cabbage and Ice

  • Organism:
  • Staphyloccus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Cabbage Water, Ice

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating cabbage or consuming ice while at a prison in Mississippi.…Read More »

December 09 2009 Birmingham, England Police Officer Chicken and Stuffing Sandwiches

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Sandwiches, Chicken and Stuffing

More than 40 police officers were suddenly struck down with diarrhea and vomiting. The illnesses were suspected to be related to lunches prepared by an outside contractor. The lunches were delivered in the morning and were distributed later in the …Read More »

December 08 Florida Church Smoked Turkey and Ham 2008

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Ham Poultry, Turkey, Smoked

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten ham or smoked turkey while at a church in Florida. S. aureus was isolated from leftover ham and turkey samples. Temperature control of the turkey and ham had not been…Read More »

December 08 Arizona Banquet Facility Prime Rib 2008

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus, Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Prime Rib

A dual outbreak of Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten prime rib beef at a banquet facility in Arizona.…Read More »

November 08 New York Private Home Ham 2008

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

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten ham at a private home in New York state.…Read More »

August 08 Hawaii Restaurant Spaghetti 2008

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta, Spaghetti

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten spaghetti at a restaurant in Hawaii. The spaghetti sauce was not described.…Read More »

August 08 Puerto Rico Other Location Baracuda Fish 2008

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus, Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Baracuda

A dual outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus and ciguatera poisoning occurred among people who ate baracuda fish in Puerto Rico. The exposure location was described only as "other."…Read More »

April 08 Alabama Day Care Center or Church Chicken and Rice, Green Beans, Brownie 2008

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Chicken dish, Chicken and Rice, Grain, Rice Vegetable, Green Beans Bakery and Breads, Brownie

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating at a child day care center or a church. The vehicles of infection were described as: chicken and rice; green beans; brownies.…Read More »

March 08 Claudia Sanders Dinner House Ham 2008

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Sauces/Dressings/Oils, Gravy

Staphylococcus aureus was confirmed as the cause of an outbreak at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House Easter Buffet in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Gravy was named as the vehicle of infection. The type of gravy was not described.…Read More »

January 08 Florida Private Home Ham 2008

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

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten ham at a private home in Florida.…Read More »

December 07 South Carolina Undescribed Location Roasted Turkey 2007

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

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred in the state of South Carolina. The vehicle was described as roasted turkey. The exposure location was not described.…Read More »

December 07 California Office Setting Fried Chicken 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Fried Chicken

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred in an office setting among people who ate fried chicken.…Read More »

November 07 Puerto Rico Workplace Cafeteria Unknown 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who ate at a workplace cafeteria in Puerto Rico. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

October 07 Tennessee Restaurant Chicken, Rice, Lamb, Pita 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus, Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken Lamb Grains, Rice Bakery, Bread, Pita

A confirmed, dual outbreak of Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus occurred among patrons of a Tennessee restaurant. Chicken, rice, lamb, and pita bread were named as the vehicles of infection.…Read More »

September 07 South Carolina Private Home and Church Macaroni and Cheese, Corn, Rice, Baked Chicken, Baked Ham 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta, Macaroni and Cheese, Rice Dairy, Cheese Vegetables, Corn Poultry, Chicken Pork, Ham

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred at both private homes and a church in South Carolina. Multiple food items were named as the vehicles of infection: macaroni and cheese; corn; rice; baked chicken; baked ham.…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 Kansas Restaurant Unknown 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred at a restaurant in Kansas. The vehicle of infection was not named.…Read More »

June 07 Construction Site Truck Vendor Rice Dish 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Egg Dishes Meat, Unknown Grains, Rice/Bean/Stuffing/Pasta Dishes

Construction workers at a Miami-Dade County site suddenly became violently ill. The fire department responded and notified the health department. Health department personnel found that the food sold by a vendor at the construction site was from a…Read More »

June 07 Illinois Picnic Barbequed Pork 2007

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

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who ate at a picnic in Illinois. Pork barbeque was named as the vehicle of infection.…Read More »

June 07 Illinois Workplace Enchiladas 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Corn, Casserole,Enchiladas

An outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who ate enchiladas at a workplace in Illinois. The specific type, or orgin, of the enchiladas was not described.…Read More »

May 07 Tennessee Restaurant 3 Unknown 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among patrons of a Tennessee restaurant. The vehicle of infection was not named.…Read More »

May 07 South Carolina Church Pork and Chicken Casserole 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork Poultry, Chicken, Chicken Dishes, Chicken Casserole

Both the pork and the chicken casserole were named as vehicles of infection in a confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus. A church or temple was where these were served.…Read More »

February 07 Tennessee Restaurant 4 Unknown 2007

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among patrons of a Tennessee restaurant. No vehicle of infection was named.…Read More »

September 06 Tennessee Restaurant 3 Unknown 2006

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten at a restaurant in Tennessee. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

September 06 Minnesota Private Home Shrimp 2006

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Shrimp

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating shrimp at a private home in Minnesota.…Read More »

September 06 Illinois Private Home Pork 2006

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating pork at a private home in Illinois.…Read More »

September 06 Virginia Wedding Reception Barbequed Chicken, Ham, Bisquits, Potato Salad 2006

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Barbequed Chicken Pork, Ham Breads and Bakery, Bisquits Produce-Based Salad, Potato Salad

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating barbequed chicken, ham, bisquits, or potato salad at a wedding reception in Virginia.…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 »

July 06 2006 Staphylococcus aureus Linked to Spam Musubi

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Spam, Rice, Seaweed

Six separate incidents of confirmed and probable illness involving Staphylococcus aureus food poisoning occurred on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The illnesses were linked to the consumption of Spam musubi. Spam musubi is composed of a block of rice …Read More »

June 06 Oklahoma Restaurant Beef Barbeque 2006

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Beef Barbeque

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating beef barbeque at a restaurant in Oklahoma.…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 Hawaii Fair or Temporary Mobile Service Roasted Pork 2006

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

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten roast pork during a fair, or festival, in Hawaii.…Read More »

May 06 California Workplace Chicken Salad 2006

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry-based Salad, Chicken Salad

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who had eaten chicken salad at a workplace in California.…Read More »

April 06 Virginia Church Dinner Beef or Potato Salad or Rice 2006

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Rice Vegetable-Based Salads, Potato Salad Beef

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was linked to eating at a church dinner in Virginia. The vehicles of infection were described as beef apanado de res (beef with rice), potato salad, or rice.…Read More »

February 06 California Office Setting and Private Home Pancit 2006

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pancit, Rice Noodles

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus was associated with eating pancit in an office setting or in a private home in California. Pancit are rice noodles that are fried along with meats and/or vegetables.…Read More »

December 05 2005 Outbreak of Staphyloccocus Aureus at a Catered Workplace Meal, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Sausage and Luncheon Meat, Pork, Smoked

A physician reported a cluster of acute gastroenteritis to the Kansas State Health Department. An investigation was initiated. Epidemiologists learned that the company all the case-patients worked for had provided a catered meal for three shifts of…Read More »

September 00 Company Picnic at a Georgia Amusement Park Barbeque Pork 2000

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

An outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred among people who attended a company picnic that had been held at a Georgia amusement park on September 23. Analysis of food histories implicated the pork barbeque as the vehicle of infection. Thirteen f…Read More »

September 00 Fannin County, Georgia, Pork Barbeque Luncheon 2000

  • Organism:
  • Staphyloccus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Barbequed pork

An outbreak caused by Staphylococcus aureus occurred in Georgia and was associated with eating barbequed pork that had been prepared by a restaurant and served at a luncheon. Stool specimens from ill patrons and leftover pork samples confirmed the p…Read More »

June 00 Convenience-Market-Delicatessen Barbequed Pork and Cole Slaw 2000

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Barbeque, Vegetable Salad, Cole Slaw

A family purchased shredded pork barbeque and coleslaw from a convenience-market-delicatessen. Three adults ate it 30 minutes after it had been purchased. Approximately 3 to 4 hours later, they developed nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. Staph…Read More »

December 97 Marion County Carry-In Holiday Meal Cooked Ham 1997

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

An outbreak attributed to Staphylococcus aureus toxin occurred among staff members of a Marion County, Indiana, high school following a carry-in holiday meal. Twenty four people sought medical attention due to the severity of their symptoms. A case c…Read More »

September 97 Precooked Ham 1997

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

Attendees of a retirement party in Florida developed nausea and vomiting. The epidemiologic analysis pointed to a ham as the cause of the illnesses. One sample of ham and a sample of rice pilaf were analyzed in the laboratory and showed the presenc…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 »

February 89 Imported from China Canned Mushrooms 1989

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Fungi, Mushrooms, Canned

Canned mushrooms that were imported from the People's Republic of China were implicated in a multistate outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus. The report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report cited four specific examples of illness attributed to …Read More »

December 86 New Mexico Country Club Buffet Turkey 1986

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Turkey, Sauces, Gravy, Grains, Dressing

An outbreak of gastroenteritis followed a buffet served at a country club on March 30. Three food items(turkey, poultry dressing, and gravy) were statistically associated with illness. Bacteriologic cultures of the turkey and dressing yielded Staph…Read More »

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