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 14 2014 Outbreak of Trichinosis Linked to Consumption of Bear Meat

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Bear meat

In late July 2014, the Alaska State Health Department investigated an outbreak of Trichnella among hunters who consumed bear meat. The hunters butchered and cooked part of the meat over an open fire, consuming it afterwards. Another portion of the me…Read More »

December 09 2009 Trichinosis Linked to Consumption of Grizzly Bear Meat, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Bear

Five French travellers ate grizzly bear meat while visiting Northern Canada. They had been on a Northwest Passage sailing expedition in the Artic. Members of another Northwest Passage sailing expedition ate some of the same grizzly bear meat; two p…Read More »

December 03 2003 Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Bear Meat

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Bear

In December, a 54 year-old, New York resident, was reported to have Trichinellosis. His illness symptoms included: fever; weakness; rapid heart rate; diarrhea; a dry cough. He had eaten about two pounds of nearly raw, bear meat during the two weeks…Read More »

October 03 2003 Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Bear Meat, Tennessee

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Bear meat

The Tennessee Department of Health received a report of two cases of Trichinella in November. A 38 year-old man and a 54-year old woman were admitted to the hospital with fever, chills, myalgias, and facial swelling. Both tested positive for Trichi…Read More »

March 85 1985 Outbreak of Trichinosis at a Birthday Party Linked to Consumption of Grizzly Bear Meat, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Bear

Bear meat had been frozen for approximately 3 weeks prior to a birthday party. The frozen meat was cut into bite-sized pieces and reportedly cooked in a soup with vegetables. The meat was blamed for an outbreak of trichinosis. No samples of the me…Read More »

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