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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October 16 2016 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis at a Catered Event, Oklahoma

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In October 2016 public health officials in Oklahoma investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis at a catered event held in Edmond, Oklahoma on October 15. Forty-seven people reported symptoms that included abdominal cramps and diarrhea. No one was la…Read More »

September 16 2016 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Catered Lunch, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef

In September 2016 the Connecticut Department of Public Health and local public health officials investigated a cluster of Clostridium perfringens among individuals who attended a catered lunch. Among approximately 50 attendees, 30 completed a survey …Read More »

July 16 2016 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens, Denver, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In July 2016 Colorado public health officials investigated an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a catered meal served on July 15 at a private home. Interviews were conducted with ill and non-ill attendees, contacts of attendees as well as with s…Read More »

April 16 2016 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Chicken Tikka Masala

Public health officials in Colorado investigated an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurring among 6 people who ate at a student sponsored event at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The implicated meal date was April 13, 2016. One person was …Read More »

January 16 2016 Outbreak of Norovirus, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In January 2016 people became ill following a catered holiday meal held at a private home. The implicated meal date was January 8, 2016. Six people reported symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhea. The median incubation period was 24 hours (range, 12 to…Read More »

November 15 2015 Clostridium perfringens linked to outbreak at a catered lunch, Pitt County, North Carolina

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • turkey

In November 2015 the North Carolina Division of Public Health, the North Carolina State Laboratory for Public Health and the Pitt County Department of Health investigated an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens among attendees at a catered Thanksgivin…Read More »

October 15 2015 Outbreak of Clostridium Perfringens at Polk County High School, Iowa

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Taco meat

In October 2015 dozens of teachers and staff at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa were ill with Clostridium perfringens following a taco mean served at a catered luncheon. The bacteria were found in taco meat and in stool samples collected fr…Read More »

December 14 2014 Outbreak at An Office Holiday Party, Maitland, Florida

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

At least 55 people became ill on December 10, 2014 after an office party held at the Maitland Colonnades Office Building in Maitland, Florida. About 100 people attended the annual event. About 25 people were transported to hospitals in Orange and Se…Read More »

September 14 2014 Oubreak of Norovirus Involving Multiple Events and a Common Food Service Establishment, Connecticut

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Sandwiches, wraps

In September 2014 the Connecticut Department of Public Health was notified of gastrointestinal illness among attendees of two separate catered events. The first event (Group 1) was held at a residence and attended by approximately 60 persons. The sec…Read More »

March 14 2014 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Catered Meal, Nisswa, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • unknown

In March 2014 Minnesota Department of Health staff investigated an outbreak of norovirus among attendees at a meal following a monthly meeting sponsored by the Nisswa Lions Club. The dinner was catered by Red, White, and Blue Catering which operates …Read More »

November 13 2013 Norovirus Associated with a Catered Funeral Lunch, Anoka, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • ready to eat food

On December 3, 2013 the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) foodborne illness hotline received a complaint of gastrointestinal illness among attendees of a funeral held in Anoka, Minnesota on November 30. The complaint reported that attendees had be…Read More »

October 13 2013 Viral Gastroenteritis Associated with a Catered Boat Cruise, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In October 2013 Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Washington County Department of PUblic Health and Environment (WCPHE) investigated an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among individuals who dined together on October 13 on a catered boat c…Read More »

September 13 2013 Bacterial Intoxications Associated with a Catered Homecoming Event, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Red beans and rice

On September 28, 2013 the University of Minnesota Environmental Health and Safety Division received reports of illness among people who attended a catered picnic held as part of homecoming activities. The event was held on September 27. "Caterer X" p…Read More »

March 12 2012 Outbreak of Salmonella at a school in Ottawa, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef Poultry, Chicken, Halal Tacos Meat Lasagna

A Salmonella outbreak in Ottawa, Canada, sickened at least 40 children and 10 adults. At least three children were hospitalized. The illnesses were connected with eating at the following schools and daycare programs: Tiny Hoppers Day Care; Steve Ma…Read More »

December 11 2011 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Las Vegas Catered Lunch, Nevada

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Ham

An outbreak of Clostridium perfringens was associated with eating food prepared by an unlicensed caterer and served at a business luncheon. The isolation of Clostridium perfringens from ham suggested that ham was the vehicle of infection. The cater…Read More »

July 11 2011 Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis at the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In July 2011 Georgia public health officials investigated an outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis infections. Ninety nine people became ill after eating at three separate, catered events held at the Georgia Aquarium in late July. Three people were hos…Read More »

February 11 2011 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens Linked to Consumption of BBQ Pulled Chicken, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Barbequed Pulled Chicken

At least 30 people became ill due to Clostridium perfringens after eating food served at the Haven Middle School Parent/Teacher Conference. The food had been catered by Merle's Smokehouse of Evanston, Illinois. Clostridium perfringens was isolated f…Read More »

November 10 2010 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens At A Catered Luncheon, Tampa, Florida

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grain, Rice Poultry, Chicken

An outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred among people who attended a catered company luncheon. The company was located in Tampa, Florida. The onset of illnesses suggested a common source exposure. The ill persons did not have any other group …Read More »

July 09 2009 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus Linked to Pasta, King County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta

An outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating pasta at a catered event in King County, Washington.…Read More »

June 09 2009 E. coli O157:H7 at an Employee Catered Lunch, Minnesota

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among a company's employees who attended a lunch that was catered by a grocery store. One culture-confirmed case did not attend the lunch, but had consumed ground beef purchased from the same grocery store. A…Read More »

March 08 2008 Tasso's Restaurant Hospital Workplace and Catered Events Salad, Chicken, Carrots, or Soda 2008

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Carrots Poultry, Chicken Beverage, Soda

An outbreak of foodborne illness was first noted among employees of a hospital in Johnson County, Kansas. The nine employees had eaten a catered meal prepared by Tasso's Restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri on March 18. Eight other groups, located i…Read More »

December 06 2006 Outbreak of Giardiasis at a Catered Lunch at a School, New York

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Eight people developed Giardiasis after eating a restaurant catered lunch while at a school in New York state.…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 »

March 05 2005 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Lettuce, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Lettuce Food Worker

Five groups of people, who ate at a Rochester, Minnesota, restaurant, between March 3 and March 7, reported gastrointestinal illnesses to the Minnesota Department of Health. The groups had eaten at separate events that had been catered by the restau…Read More »

August 03 2003 Outbreak of E. coli O169:H49 at a Catered Party, Tennessee

  • Organism:
  • Non-E.coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Catfish Produce-Based Salad, Cabbage Coleslaw

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O169:H49 was associated with eating catfish or cabbage coleslaw served at a catered party in Tennessee.…Read More »

June 01 2001 Listeriosis Linked to Sliced Deli Turkey, California

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat, Turkey, Sliced

An outbreak of Listeriosis occurred among people who attended a birthday party in California. Illness was associated with eating precooked, sliced turkey. Stool samples from case patients and turkey samples yielded the same strain of Listeria monoc…Read More »

January 99 1999 Outbreak of Suspected Clostridium perfringens at a Catered Luncheon, Cook Rapids, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Chicken Dishes

Employees of a medical clinic in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, developed gastroenteritis after eating a catered luncheon that had been prepared by a restaurant. None of the three stool specimens collected identified a pathogen. Eating chicken dishes (i.…Read More »

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