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 18 2018 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Among Visitors to CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • water

On July 13, 2018 the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) announced an investigation of gastrointestinal illness among hundreds of visitors to a Tennessee zipline destination, CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Since June sever…Read More »

March 18 2018 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • romaine lettuce

In April 2018 local, state and federal public health and agriculture agencies announced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. On June 28, 2018 the CDC declared the outbreak over. A total of 21…Read More »

December 18 2018 Outbreak of Shiga Toxin E. coli Linked to Dungeness Valley Creamery Raw Milk, Washington

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • raw milk

On September 7, 2018 the Washington Department of Health issued a health alert notifying consumers of an outbreak of shiga toxin E. coli (STEC) linked to consumption of raw milk produced by Dungeness Valley Creamery raw milk. Lab results confirmed th…Read More »

October 17 2017 E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli O26 outbreak among Marine recruits, California

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • beef

In October 2017 an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 and E. coli O26 occurred among recruits at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego and the command's field training facilities at Edson Range, Camp Pendleton, California. Investigators identified 62 …Read More »

July 17 2017 E. coli Outbreak, Plast Camp, Geauga County Ohio

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

In July 2017 Geauga County Health District investigated an outbreak of E. coli among campers at Plast Camp located in the county. There were two confirmed cases. According to Health District Commissioner, Robert Weisdack, a "handful of other kids sai…Read More »

January 17 2017 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157 Linked to IM Healthy SoyNut Butter

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • SoyNut Butter

Local, state and federal public health and regulatory officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to consumption of IM Healthy SoyNut Butter manufactured by Dixie Dew Products, Inc. of Erlander, Kentucky. Thirty-two illnesses were repor…Read More »

December 15 2015-2016 Outbreak of E. coli O121 linked to General Mills' Flour

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • flour

In June 2016 the CDC announced that public health officials were investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 linked to flour produced at the General Mills' Kansas City, Missouri facility. In interviews with ill persons, sixteen (76%) reported…Read More »

November 15 2015 Outbreak of Gastrointestinal Illness Linked to Unpasteurized Apple Cider, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium, non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • unpasteurized apple cider

In November 2015 public health officials in Illinois investigated an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among individuals who attended the Pike County Fall color Drive. An estimated 30,000 people attended the festival. One hundred four cases were i…Read More »

October 15 2015 Outbreak of E. coli O26 Linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill, Washington and Oregon

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • unknown

The CDC, FDA, USDA FSIS and public health officials in several states investigated two outbreaks of E. coli O26 linked to food sold at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. Public health investigators used PulseNet to identify illnesses that were part …Read More »

October 15 2015 Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Rotisserie chicken salad

The CDC, FDA, USDA and health officials in several states investigated a multi state outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad. The outbreak was concentrated mostly in the western United States. Nineteen…Read More »

August 15 2015 STEC Outbreak, Worthy Burger, Vermont

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • ground beef

Public health officials in Vermont investigated an outbreak of Shiga Toxin E. coli (STEC) that was linked to consumption of ground beef at Worthy Burger, a restaurant located in South Royalton. In total 6 confirmed cases and 3 probable cases were id…Read More »

April 14 2014 Outbreak of Shiga Toxin E. coli (STEC) at Oklahoma State Fairgrounds

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

In April 2014 the Oklahoma State Department of Health investigated a spike of Shiga toxin E. coli (STEC) among at least a dozen people who had attended agricultural events around the state. One group of patients attended the Oklahoma Youth Expo at th…Read More »

December 14 2014 Outbreak of Salmonella and E. coli at a luncheon in Decatur, Alabama

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella, Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

At least 19 people became ill following a luncheon held on May 30, 2014 at the Bridge Builders Church in Decatur, Alabama. A private laboratory tested specimens from 9 persons. One tested positive for E. coli, one tested positive for Salmonella, an…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 »

April 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to ground beef, Brazos County, Texas,

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, ground

Brazos County (Texas) Health Department announced that an E. coli outbreak involving at least 5 confirmed cases was linked to ground beef from a local restaurant. Tests to confirm illnesses in 5 other patients were classified as "probable" cases. Th…Read More »

December 12 2012-2013 E. coli O121 Linked to Farm Rich Products Frozen Mini Meals and Snack Items

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Frozen Snacks, poultry, chicken

On March 28, 2013 Farm Rich Products Corporation announced a recall of 196,222 ounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and various other heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items because of possible contamination with E. coli O121. …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 »

August 12 Outbreak of E. coli, Livingston County, NY, August 2012

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

Livingston County Public Health investigated an outbreak of E. coli in 7 persons in the county in August 2012. Five of the seven patients were infected with an indistinguishable strain of the bacteria. The source of the outbreak was undetermined.…Read More »

August 12 2012 E. coli at Saginaw Correctional Facility

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

The Saginaw Correctional Facility was placed under quarantine due to an outbreak of E. coli in August and September 2012. At least 89 prisoners and 7 staff were ill. The majority of cases were reported from August 27-30, with 2 cases on September 2 …Read More »

April 12 South Carolina E. coli O157:H7 Mexican Restaurant 2012

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

In May of 2012, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)announced that it was investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that had sickened 11 individuals in the Spartanburg area. All 11 victims reported eating at the…Read More »

March 12 2012 Oubreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Unpasteruized Cow's Milk, Missouri

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Milk

In March 2012 the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to consumption of unpasteurized (raw) cow's milk produced by a Howard County dairy. Nineteen cases were identified …Read More »

December 12 Fredericton, New Brunswick E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak, July 2012

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

Four cases of E. coli O157:H7 were reported in Fredericton, New Brunswick in July 2012. Three of the 4 cases were hospitalized. Provincial health department investigators were working to determine the source.…Read More »

June 11 2011 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at a Splash Park, Opelika, Alabama

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational Water

In June 2011 nineteen people became ill with E. coli O157:H7 after swimming at the Opelika Sportsplex and Aquatics Center Splash Park in Alabama. Exposure dates ranged from June 4 to June 22. Five children tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. Three …Read More »

October 10 2010 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Baugher's Orchard and Farm Unpasteurized Apple Cider, Maryland

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit or Vegetable Beverages, Juice, Apple, Cider, Unpasteurized

An outbreak linked to drinking Baugher's Orchard and Farm apple cider and E. coli O157:H7 was announced by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on November 5, 2012. In total 7 patients were identified. Five patients were confirmed wi…Read More »

February 10 2010 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Feltham Hill Infant & Nursery School, England

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

As many as 25 pupils at Feltham Hill Infant & Nursery School, in England, developed gastroenteritis. The day care program closed after two children were taken to the hospital. Thirteen illnesses were subsequently confirmed as E. coli O157:H7. On Fe…Read More »

September 09 2009 Multistate outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to leaf lettuce

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Romaine lettuce

In September 2009 public health officials in Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, Iowa, Connecticut, and Missouri identified a cluster of patients with an indistinguishable strain of E. coli O157. The cluster was assigned 0910MLEXH-1. Two Colorado …Read More »

May 08 2008 E. Coli O157:H7 at a Tennessee Prison Linked to pre-packaged Salad

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Pre-packaged salad

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to the consumption of pre-packaged salad at a prison in Tennessee.…Read More »

July 01 2001 E. Coli O157:H7 at a Colorado Prison Linked to Consumption of Ground Beef, Hamburger

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Hamburger

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with eating ground beef, hamburger, in a Colorado prison.…Read More »

December 99 1999 E.coli at Downstate Labor Day Party, Illinois

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

In September 1999 Illinois Department of Public Health traced a large outbreak of E. coli O157 to beef served at an annual Downstate Labor Day party held in Petersburg, Illinois. The party organized by farmer, Tom Baird was the fourth annual "Cornsta…Read More »

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