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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March 17 2017 Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • basil

In 2017 public health officials in Colorado investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium occurring at a restaurant located in Lone Tree, Colorado. Eleven of 18 outbreak associated cases were laboratory confirmed with Salmonella Typhimurium. Exp…Read More »

January 07 2007 International Outbreak of Salmonella Senftenberg Linked to Fresh Basil

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Basil

In May, 2007, fresh basil sold in the United Kingdom was found to be contaminated with Salmonella Senftenberg after outbreaks in England and Wales were investigated. Only a minority of the ill had recalled eating basil prior to the onset of illness. …Read More »

June 05 2005 Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections Linked to Fresh Basil, Quebec, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Basil

An outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis was associated with eating fresh basil at a restaurant in Quebec. The basil originated from a Mexican farm and was used to prepare an uncooked appetizer.…Read More »

February 05 2005 Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Cayetanensis Infections Linked to Fresh Basil, Florida

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Basil

Florida health departments began receiving reports of gastroenteritis caused by cyclospora. The health department investigation was hindered by the long interval between ingestion and presentation of symptoms for this particular pathogen. Food ques…Read More »

February 04 2004 Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections Linked to Basil and Mesclun/Spring Mix Salad Products

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herb, Fresh Basil Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Mesclun Lettuce

The Food & Drug Administration issued an alert to consumers about two outbreak clusters of gastrointestinal illness caused by Cyclospora. The first cluster, consisting of at least 57 cases, occurred in Wheaton, Illinois. The second cluster of 38 ca…Read More »

May 01 2001 Outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis Infections linked to Consumption of Thai Basil, British Columbia, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herb, Fresh Basil, Thai Basil

An outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis gastroenteritis was identified in British Columbia, Canada and was epidemiologically linked to the consumption of Thai basil. No cyclospora were identified in the samples of basil that were tested. Thai basil i…Read More »

July 99 1999 Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis Linked to Fresh Basil, Missouri

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Basil, Chicken Pasta Salad, Tomato Basil Salad

An outbreak of cyclosporiasis occurred among attendees of two events held on 24 July in different counties in Missouri. Restrospective cohort studies of the 2 clusters of cases, which comprised 62 case patients, strongly associated the chicken pasta …Read More »

June 97 1997 Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospororiasis Linked to Fresh Basil at Catered Luncheons

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Basil

A gourmet caterer that had nine stores in the northern Virginia-DC-Baltimore, Maryland metropolitan area was associated with outbreaks of cyclospora. Groups of persons developed cyclosporiasis after group luncheons. Eating dishes that contained fre…Read More »

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