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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February 17 2017 Outbreak of Cryptosporidium Linked to Heaven on Earth Rescue Farm, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • animal contact

In March 2017 the Pennsylvania Department of Health advised visitors, staff and volunteers at Heaven on Earth Rescue Farm that they may have been exposed to Cryptosporidium. In February the farm received young goats and calves that required bottle fe…Read More »

July 16 2016 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis at a Public Pool, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • recreational water

In the summer of 2016 public health officials in Colorado investigated an outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis at a public pool owned and operated by the City and County of Broomfield. Dates of exposure ranged from July 24, 2016 to August 4, 2016. Four peop…Read More »

January 16 2016 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis at a Recreation Center Pool, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

In January 2016 public health officials in Colorado investigated an outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis among visitors at the Durango Community Recreation Center. Four people including 3 children 9 years old or under were laboratory confirmed with Cryptosp…Read More »

July 15 2015 Cryptosporidiosis Linked to Raw Milk, Tennessee

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Milk

The Tennessee Department of Health investigated an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis linked to consumption of raw milk from a dairy cow share program. Illnesses occurred in July.…Read More »

July 15 2015 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis After Exposure to Ill Calves, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • animal contact

In July 2015 the Thomas Jefferson Health District in Virginia investigated an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in 14 persons who reported contact with calves from one goat farm. Stool samples were collected from ill humans and calves. Four human specime…Read More »

August 14 2014 Cryptosporidiosis Linked to Raw Goat Milk, Idaho

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Goat, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

In August 2014 Idaho public health investigators learned of two cases of cryptosporidiosis in siblings aged less than 3 years. Idaho's Southwest District Health (SWDH) investigated and found that both children had consumed raw goat milk produced at a…Read More »

July 14 2014 Outbreak of Cryptosporidium at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park, Florida

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, recreational

The Pinellas County Department of Health identified 3 patients diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis. All three patients had been at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park during the incubation period during the fourth week of July. The City of Tarpon Springs co…Read More »

August 13 2013 Cryptosporidiosis Associated with Calf Contact at a County Fair, Scott County, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

In August 2013 the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) interviewed 4 cases of cryptosporidiosis who all reported attending the Scott County Fair on July 27. The fair took place between July 23 and July 27. All four cases sought medical care from the…Read More »

July 13 2013 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Linked to a Municipal Water Supply, Baker City, Oregon

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • drinking water

In the summer of 2013 public health officials in Oregon investigated an outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis in Baker County, Oregon. A total of 119 cases (23 confirmed and 96 presumptive) were identified. Two people were hospitalized. Cases experienced sym…Read More »

June 13 2013 Cryptosporidium Among Attendees at "Breakfast on the Farm", Albany, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

In June 2013 Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) staff investigated an outbreak of Cryptosporidium among attendees of an event called "Breakfast on the Farm" held on June 1, 2013 at a dairy farm located in Albany, Minnesota. The event included break…Read More »

April 13 2013 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Among Responders to a Rollover Truck Carrying Calves, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

In April 2013 an outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis occurred among emergency responders to a tractor-trailer rollover. On March 10, 2013 a truck carrying approximately 350 preweaned Holstein calves overturned in a snowstorm near Colby, Kansas. Because of …Read More »

July 12 Cryptosporidiosis in Central Idaho, July/August 2012

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water

Nineteen cases of cryptosporidiosis were reported to the Idaho Central District Health Department in late July/early August 2012. During a normal year, the District investigates 10 cases per year. Cases were reported in residents of Boise and Merid…Read More »

July 12 Outbreak of Cryptosporidium at a Pool Party, Hillsdale County, Michigan, 2012

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidum
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, recreational

Branch-Hillsdale-St.Joseph Community Health Agency (CHA) reported an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in 28 people who participated in a private pool party. Investigators said the problem resulted from improper operation of a system that uses salt to c…Read More »

July 12 2012 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Associated with an Aquatic Center, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

In July 2012 Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) staff investigated an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis among patrons at an aquatic center located in Lyon County. Illness histories and exposure information were obtained from 112 aquatic center patrons.…Read More »

July 12 2012 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Associated with a Swim Pond, Lake Elmo, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

Five cases of Cryptosporidiosis were identified among swimmers of a swim pond at Lake Elmo, Minnesota in July 2012. Reported swim dates ranged from July 1 to July 11. Reported onset dates ranged from July 3 to July 17. One case was hospitalized. Non…Read More »

July 12 2012 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Associated with a Community Splash Pad, Waite Park, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

In July and August 2012 Minnesota Department of Health staff identified two laboratory confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis. Both cases had played in a splash park in Waite Park in the 2 weeks prior to illness onset. Report dates were July 23, 2012 a…Read More »

July 12 2012 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis at a Community Splash Pad, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

Two cases of Cryptosporidiosis were identified by Minnesota Department of Health officials in July 2012. Both had played in a splash pad located in Sauk Rapids multiple times in the 2 weeks prior to illness onset. Both were laboratory confirmed. One …Read More »

July 12 2012 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Associated with a Youth Camp, Brainerd, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

Campers at a youth camp located in Brainerd, Minnesota became ill with cryptosporidiosis in July 2012. Camp dates were July 22-27. Sixteen cases were identified. Three campers submitted a stool sample to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Publi…Read More »

April 12 2012 E. Coli O157:H7 Linked to Consumption of Foundation Farm Unpasteurized, Raw Milk, Oregon

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Raw

On April 13, the Oregon Health Authority announced that they were investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. Nineteen patients diagnosed with E. coli O157:H7 were identified. In addition, one patient was infected with Campylobacter and one patien…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 »

March 12 Edgewater Resort and Water Park Recreational Water 2012

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational

An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis was attributed to use of recreational water at the Edgewater Resort and Waster Park in Duluth, Minnesota. The hotel is owned by ZMC Hotels of Duluth. On March 26, the water facilities were super-chlorinated.…Read More »

March 12 2012 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis at The Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Crypto, Cryptosporidiosis
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational Water

An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis was attributed to use of recreational water at the Lodge at Brainerd Lakes, Brainerd, Minnesota. The water park was shut down temporarily for superchlorination.…Read More »

March 12 2012 Outbreak of Cryptosporidosis Associated with Hotel Waterpark, Baxter, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • recreational water

In March 2012 Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) staff investigated an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infections among users of a waterpark located in Baxter, Minnesota. Illness histories and exposure information was obtained from 118 waterpark guests…Read More »

July 11 Lions Junction Family Water Park Recreational Water 2011

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational Water

An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis was associated with the Lions Junction Family Water Park in Temple, Texas. Cryptosporidium are resistant to chlorine-based disinfectants.…Read More »

June 11 Indiana and Michigan Fire Response Animal Contact Pond Water 2011

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact, Cows Water, Recreational Water, Pond

In June, firefighters who responded to a barn fire near the Indiana/Michigan border subsequently developed diarrhea, gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps. Local hydrant water and onsite swimming pond water were used to extinguish the fire. Three of t…Read More »

May 10 Hartmann Dairy Farm a.k.a. Minnesota Organic Milk a.k.a. M.O.M.' s Raw Milk 2010

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

In May, raw milk purchased from the Hartmann Dairy Farm was linked to an outbreak of eight cases of E. coli O157:H7. The specific strain of E. coli O157:H7 that was found in the case-patients was found in multiple animals and at multiple locations on…Read More »

June 09 North Carolina Summer Camp Animal Contact and Ham 2009

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Ham Animal Contact

An outbreak of cryptosporidiosis occurred among people who attended a youth summer camp in North Carolina. Epidemiologic analyses of data from a retrospective cohort study of staff members revealed that eating ham from a sandwich bar that included c…Read More »

December 09 Zoo Contact with Calf Animal Contact 2009

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact, Cow

An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis was associated with having contact with a calf at a zoo in Minnesota.…Read More »

October 08 Helsinki, Finland, Public Works Department Mixed Salad 2008

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Unknown

Guests of a worksite canteen developed gastroenteritis due to Cryptosporidium parvum. A case control study suggested that eating mixed salad was the source of the outbreak. This was the first time that Cryptosporidium had been a cause of an outbrea…Read More »

September 08 2008 Multipathogen Waterborne Outbreak Onboard a Boat

  • Organism:
  • Shigella, Cryptosporidium, Giardia
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Ice

During September, the City of Chicago had extreme rainfall which forced a discharge of wastewater into Lake Michigan. An outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred among persons who celebrated a reunion onboard a dinner boat cruise on September 13. Consu…Read More »

July 08 Maine Unknown Location 5 Unknown Vehicle 2008

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis occurred in Maine. The vehicle of infection and the exposure location were not described.…Read More »

July 08 Maine Unknown Location 6 Unknown Vehicle 2008

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis occurred in Maine. Neither the exposure location or the vehicle of infection were described.…Read More »

September 07 Minnesota Private Home Baked Beans 2007

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Baked Beans

A confirmed outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis was linked to eating baked beans that had been served at a private home in Minnesota.…Read More »

August 07 Maine Unknown Location Unknown Vehicle 2007

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis occurred in the state of Maine. The outbreak location and the vehicle of infection were not described.…Read More »

July 07 Idaho Interactive Water Splash Park 2007

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Water Park

Exposure to splash water and to water from the drinking fountain at an Idaho water park were associated with an outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis. Duration of splash water exposure was positively associated with illness. Laboratory samples collected fro…Read More »

July 07 Campbell County Recreational Water

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational Water, Pool, Reservoir

A marked increase in reports of Cryptosporidiosis occurred during the summer in Campbell County, Wyoming. Swimming in community swimming pools and exposure to Keyhole Reservoir were common exposures reported by case patients. Accidental fecal releas…Read More »

July 07 Maine Unknown Location 10 Unknown Vehicle 2007

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Cryptosporidium occurred in Maine. The outbreak location and the vehicle of infection were not named.…Read More »

June 07 Utah Communitywide Recreational Water and Person-to-Person 2007

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water Person-to-person

A large communitywide outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis occurred in Utah. Approximately 80% of the cases had used recreational waters within 14 days prior to their illness onset. As the outbreak evolved, beginning in mid August, and increasing percenta…Read More »

March 07 Maine Day Care Person-to-Person 2007

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Person-to-Person

An outbreak of E. coli O111 and Cryptosporidium occurred at a day care program in Maine. The infections were passed from person-to-person.…Read More »

August 06 Colorado Water Park 2006

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational

Children who attended a birthday party at a Douglas County, Colorado, water park developed gastroenteritis. Exposure to the water at the water park was a risk for illness. Seven of the illnesses were confirmed to be caused by Cryptosporidium hominis…Read More »

August 06 Illinois Day Camp Pool 2006

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational Water

A mother notified the Tazewell County Health Department, Illinois, that her two sons had received a diagnosis of Cryptosporidiosis. The brothers had attended a private day-camp facility with a swimming pool and also participated in a day-camp outing …Read More »

June 06 Swimming in Recreational Water 2006

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational Water, Pool, reservoir

Between June and October, an increase in Cryptosporidium infections was noted in Campbell and Crook Counties, Wyoming. The epidemiologic investigation revealed several risk factors that were statistically associated with illness: swimming in any poo…Read More »

May 06 Maine Unknown Location 3 Unknown Vehicle 2006

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Cryptosporidium parvum occurred in Maine. Neither the vehicle of infection or the exposure location were described.…Read More »

January 06 Pennsylvania Unknown Location 4 Unknown Vehicle 2006

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Cryptosporidium parvum occurred in Pennsylvania. Neither the vehicle of infection or the exposure location were described.…Read More »

August 05 Seneca Lake State Park Spraypark Recreational Water 2005

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational Water

Summer time visitors to a water park in Geneva, New York, developed gstrointestinal illness. The park was operated by the state of New York and was popular throughout western New York state. The investigation determined that the outbreak was cause…Read More »

September 04 2004 Outbreak of E. coli O111 and Cryptosporidium Infections Linked to Apple Cider, New York

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Beverage, Juice, Apple Cider

Direct sales of fresh pressed apple cider from an orchard in New York State led to outbreaks of E. coli O111 and Cryptosporidium parvum. The facility qualified as a retail establishment and was exempt from HACCP regulations.…Read More »

September 03 Ohio Commercially Distributed, Ozone Treated, Apple Juice 2002

  • Organism:
  • Cryptospordium
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Beverage, Juice, Apple

An outbreak of Cryptosporidium parvum was associated with drinking commercially distributed, apple cider. Workers admitted to using some dropped apples to make the cider. The cider had been treated with ozone, was unpasteurized, and was sold direct…Read More »

May 02 Wyoming Lake Recreational Water 2002

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational, Lake

Three children became ill with most likely was Cryptosporidiosis. One of the illnesses was confirmed by laboratory methods. The likely exposure was swimming in a lake.…Read More »

June 01 Multiple Pathogen Minnesota Day Camp Animal Contact 2001

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Cryptosporidium, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

For a second year, a multiple pathogen outbreak occurred at the same university sponsored, farm day camp; a similar outbreak occurred the year before. The camp was held on campus and was for young children. The attraction of the camp was that child…Read More »

June 00 Multiple Pathogen Minnesota Day Camp Animal Contact 2000

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

An outbreak due to multiple pathogens was associated with participation at a farm day camp. The camp was sponsored by a university and was held on campus for young children. There were eight camps sessions scheduled throughout the summer. Although…Read More »

August 99 Interactive Water Fountain at a Beachside Park 1999

  • Organism:
  • Shigella, Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational

The Volusia County Health Department, Florida, received reports of Shigella sonnei caused illnesses among children who had recently visited an interactive, water fountain at a beachside park. A case control study showed that entering the fountain in…Read More »

August 99 Interactive Water Fountain at a Beachside Park Water 1999

  • Organism:
  • Shigella, Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational, Fountain

An outbreak of Shigella sonnei and Cryptosporidium parvum occurred among people exposed to an "interactive" water fountain at a beachside park in Daytona Beach, Florida. The investigation began in late August when the Volusia County Health Departmen…Read More »

September 98 Washington, D. C. University Campus Cafeteria Food Worker 1998

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

An outbreak of Cryptosporidium parvum, genotype 1, occurred on a Washington, D.C., college campus. A case-control study indicated that eating in 1 of 2 cafeterias was associated with illness. Eating dinner on September 22 was specifically associate…Read More »

December 97 Minnesota Water Sprinkler Fountain 1997

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational

A large outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis was associated with exposure to a water sprinkler fountain at the Minnesota zoo. Case-patients reported exposure to the water fountain between June 24 and July 11. The initial cases were persons who had attended…Read More »

September 96 1996 Outbreak of Cryptosporidium Infections Linked to Unpasteurized, Apple Cider, New York

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Juice, Apple, Unpasteurized

In October, the Cortland County Health Department (CCHD) was notified of about 10 cases of, laboratory-confirmed, cryptosporidiosis. All case-patients reported drinking apple cider produced at a local cider mill (mill A). A total of 20 confirmed an…Read More »

September 95 1995 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Linked to Chicken Salad, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry-based Salad, Chicken salad

Chicken salad prepared by a party hostess the day prior to a social event was epidemiologically associated, by case-control study, with an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness caused by Cryptosporidium parvum. The ingredients for the salad were: co…Read More »

July 95 Day Camp Water 1995

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, On-Site Contamination of a Municipal Water Source

An outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis occurred among children and counselors at a summer day camp on the grounds of a public elementary school in Florida. Water at the camp was a suspected source of illness. Campers and counsellors had drunk water from…Read More »

July 94 New Jersey State Park Lake 1994

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational, Lake

An outbreak of cryptosporidiosis occurred among visitors to a state park in New Jersey. Swimming in the lake was strongly associated with illness. The lake was likely contaminated from rainwater runoff and infected bathers. Lake water samples showe…Read More »

October 93 1993 Outbreak of Cryptosporidium Infections Linked to Agricultural Fair Apple Cider, Maine

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Beverage, Juice, apple

Students and staff who attended an agricultural fair in central Maine subsequently developed diarrhea and vomiting. Illness was associated with drinking fresh pressed apple cider. Cryptosporidium oocysts were detected in the apple cider, on the cid…Read More »

July 88 Los Angeles School Pool Water 1988

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational Water, Pool

Persons in five separate swim groups developed a gastrointestinal illness after using a swimming pool at a school in Los Angeles County. Cryptospordium was identified in stool specimens. The outbreak began several days after an unintentional human …Read More »

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