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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June 19 2019 Outbreak of Shiga Toxin E. coli Among Visitors to the San Diego County Fair, California

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

In June 2019 seven cases of confirmed or probable pediatric cases of Shiga toxin E. coli (STEC) occurred among visitors to the San Diego County Fair. A two year old child died. The ages of the children ranged from 2 to 13 years of age. They visited t…Read More »

September 15 2015 Outbreak of E. coli O111, Oxford County (Maine) Fair

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • animal exposure

In October 2015 Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ME CDC) staff investigated an outbreak of E. coli O111:H8 infections among two children who attended the Oxford County Fair. One child, age 20 months, attended the fair on September 16 …Read More »

July 15 2015 Outbreak of E. coli O157 cluster, Red River Valley Fair-North Dakota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

In July 2015 the North Dakota Department of Health investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 in persons who attended the Red River Valley Fair held in West Fargo, North Dakota. The fair was held from July 7 through July 12. Five cases were identified.…Read More »

April 15 2015 E. coli O157 Outbreak at Milk Makers Fest, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

In April 2015 local and state public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 that occurred among people who attended the Milk Makers Fest held at the Northwest Washington Fairground in Lynden, Washington. The event was held between…Read More »

July 14 2014 E. coli O157 and Zerebko Zoo Tran Traveling Petting Zoo, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

The Minnesota Department of Health identified at least 13 people who were infected with E. coli O157 linked to the Zerebko Zoo Tran traveling petting zoo. The 13 patients ranged in age from 2 to 68 years. Seven were hospitalized. Two patients develo…Read More »

October 13 2013 E. coli O157 Infections at Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

In October 2013 three Minnesota children became ill with E. coli O157 infections after contact with animals at Dehn's Pumpkins located in Dayton, Minnesota. One child was hospitalized and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. The children visited the …Read More »

October 13 2013 E. Coli O157:H7 Infections at a Fall Harvest Festival, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

In October 2013 routine surveillance of reported E. Coli O157 cases triggered an investigation of an outbreak that occurred at a petting zoo at a fall harvest festival in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The two case patients had attended the festival on O…Read More »

October 12 Outbreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Cleveland County (NC) Fair, 2012

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157
  • Vehicle:
  • unknown

In October 2012 North Carolina state health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 among persons who attended the Cleveland County Fair. The fair ran from Septebmer 26 to October 7. In total 106 people were reported ill; 25 were confirmed…Read More »

October 12 2012 E. coli O157 at Willow Grove Gardens Pumpkin Patch and Petting Zoo, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

In October 2012 Cowlitz County health officials confirmed one case and one probable case of E. coli linked to Willow Grove Gardens Pumpkin Patch located in Longview. One child was hospitalized.…Read More »

April 12 Petting Zoo at Bench Street Shelter Animal Contact 2012

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis was associated with attending a petting zoo on March 31. The Humane Society of Goodhue County held a one day petting zoo and photo shoot at it shelter on Bench Street, Red Wing, Minnesota. Two people subsequently we…Read More »

June 11 Forest Park Animal Farm, E. coli O157:H7, Everett, WA 2011

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among visitors to the Forest Park Animal Farm in Everett, Washington. There were 5 laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 and 1 probable case. One child was hospitalized. There were no deaths. All il…Read More »

October 09 Sponsel's Minnesota Harvest Petting Zoo Llama Contact 2009

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

Two children were hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome caused by E. coli O157:H7 after having contact with animals at a petting zoo. One child was known to have had contact with a llama. The same strain of E. coli O157:H7 was isolated from t…Read More »

September 09 Pacific National Exhibition Petting Zoo 2009

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

At least 11 children and two adults who visited the petting barn during Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition developed an infection caused by E.coli O157:H7. The ill lived throughout British Columbia and ranged in age from 21 months to 69 years. …Read More »

August 09 2009 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to a Petting Zoo, England

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

Thirteen children were hospitalized after an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 that was linked to a visit to Godstone Farm. The Godstone Farm is located in Redhill, Surrey, England, United Kingdom. The farm had areas where visitors could touch the animals.…Read More »

January 09 Western National Stock Show Petting Zoo 2009

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

An outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 probably originated in the "Feed the Animals" exhibit at the Western National Stock Show in Denver. Four specimens from floor sweepings and the mats on which animals stood in the "Feed the Animals" area tested positive …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 »

October 05 2005 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at the Big Fresno Fair/Great American Petting Zoo, California

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

At least six children who attended the Big Fresno Fair and who had visited the petting zoo developed illnesses caused by the same strain of E.coli O157:H7. The petting zoo was operated by Great American Petting Zoo. United Site Services provided al…Read More »

July 05 Arizona Petting Zoo 2005

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

Two children were hospitalized due to infections with an identical strain of E.coli O157:H7. The only common link identified between the cbhildren was that they had both visited a petting zoo in Arizona. No common food or beverage was consumed by t…Read More »

February 05 AgVenture Farms Petting Zoo 2005

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

E.coli O157:H7 related illnesses resulted from contact with petting zoo animals at three separate fairs in Florida, including the Central Florida Fair and the Florida Strawberry Festival, in 2005. AgVenture Farms was a common vendor for the three fa…Read More »

October 04 Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo 2004

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

Public health investigators in North Carolina determined that the source of the majority of E.coli cases during the state's fair, October 15 to 24, was the Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo. Thirty three of the cases had E.coli O157:H7 that shared the sam…Read More »

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October 04 North Carolina State Fair Petting Zoo 2004

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

A cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases, including some who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), were reported among children who had visited a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair. Further investigation found additional related illnesses. …Read More »

August 01 Ozaukee County Fair Petting Zoo Animal Contact 2001

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with animal contact at the Ozaukee County Fair. Environmental sampling of the fairgrounds property and water testing failed to confirm the presence of E. coli O157:H7. The outbreak was attributed to con…Read More »

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