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 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Associated with Consumption of Fiddlehead Ferns, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Fiddlehead fern

On July 11, 2016 fiddlehead ferns were served at a banquet in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Attendees became ill with vomiting and diarrhea within an hour of the meal (incubation range 1 to 18.5 hours, median 2 hours). Sixty four people reported sympto…Read More »

June 14 2014 Tetrodotoxin Poisoning from Imported Dried Puffer Fish - Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Puffer fish

In June 2014 Minnesota health officials investigated an outbreak of tetrodotoxin poisoning linked to consumption of dried puffer fish (also known as globefish). The fish was purchased during a trip to New York City and consumed by siblings age 30 and…Read More »

February 11 Ciguatera Outbreak in Monroe County, Florida 2011

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Fish, amberjack

Consuming amberjack recreationally caught near Cay Sal in the Bahamas resulted in Ciguatera toxin poisoning in 5 adults and 1 child in February 2011. Three ill persons were residents of Monroe County, Florida and three ill persons lived in Miami-Dade…Read More »

May 10 2010 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Associated with Fiddlehead Ferns, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Ferns, Fiddlehead Ferns

An outbreak of gastroenteritis was associated with eating fiddlehead fern salad that was served at a luncheon buffet in Anchorage, Alaska, on May 11. No deficiencies were noted in the food preparation process in the kitchen. No food items from the b…Read More »

July 08 2008 Jimsonweed Homemade Stew

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Stew, Jimsonweed

Six adult family members were admitted to a hospital (five were admitted to the intensive care unit) in Maryland after eating a homemade stew. Their illness symptoms included: hallucinations; confusion; severe dilation of the eye pupils; rapid hear…Read More »

January 08 2008 Outbreak of Diarrhea Suspected to be Caused by Lectin, China

  • Organism:
  • Toxin
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Beans, Kidney Beans

More than 300 Chinese workers became ill in Shenzhen after eating at the factory canteen. They all ate chinese cabbage and kidney beans for lunch. Undercooked kidney beans contain a toxin, called lectin, which could cause diarrhea if the beans are …Read More »

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