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 Outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus Among Hospital Staff, Texas

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

After Hurricane Harvey, an outbreak of foodborne illness occurred at a hospital in Houston. An investigation implicated a donated catered meal contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus. The meal was served to staff working at the hospital on September …Read More »

May 16 2016 Outbreak of Suspected Staph Aureus, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In May 2016 public health officials in Colorado Springs, Colorado investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis associated with a meal at a sit-down restaurant. Two people reported symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea occurring approximately 4 hours after…Read More »

March 16 2016 Outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus, Wise County, Virginia

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

In March 2016 Wise County, Virginia health officials investigated an outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus among persons attending a wedding reception or consuming food served at the reception. The local health department conducted a retrospective cohort…Read More »

June 15 2015 Staphylococcus aureus at a day care, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

As many as 86 children who attend Sunnyside Child Care Center in Montgomery were hospitalized after becoming ill with vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, and other symptoms. Illness occurred on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Children began to become ill at …Read More »

July 13 2013 Outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg and Staphylococcus aureus, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Gumbo

In 2013 Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg and Staphylococcus aureus that occurred among individuals who became ill after eating home cooked gumb…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 »

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 »

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 »

July 05 2005 Outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus, Ribs, Rides, N Rock, Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork

Local and state health officials investigated an outbreak of Staphyloccus aureus among attendees of a benefit event called "Ribs, Rides, N Rock" held at the World's Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. At least 50 people were ill. Staphylococcus aureus…Read More »

December 97 1997 Outbreak of Staphlococcus aureus Linked to Ham, Indiana

  • 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 »

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