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 18 2018 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O26 Linked to Cargill Meat Solutions Ground Beef

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

In 2018 local, state, and federal public health and regulatory agencies investigated an outbreak of E. coli O26 associated with consumption of ground beef produced by Cargill Meat Solutions, Inc. Eighteen people infected with the outbreak strain were…Read More »

November 17 2017 Multistate/Multiprovince Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Leafy Greens, United States and Canada

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Leafy greens, romaine

At least 15 states reported 25 laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 that appeared to be linked to consumption of leafy greens. Illnesses started on dates from November 05, 2017 through December 12, 2017. Among the 18 ill people for whom the …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 »

September 17 2017 Outbreak of STEC O121 at an Athletic Center, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

In September 2017 Colorado public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O121 associated with recreational swimming at Villa Sport Athletic Center located in Colorado Springs. Three confirmed cases and three primary cases all went to th…Read More »

December 15 2015-2016 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Dough Mix at Pizza Ranch

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • pizza dough

In 2016 public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to consumption of products made with contaminated dough mix. A total of 13 cases were reported by 9 states. Eight were hospitalized. There were no deaths. Illness onset d…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 »

July 14 2014 E. coli O157 and Zerebko Zoo Tran Traveling Petting Zoo, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

The Minnesota Department of Health identified at least 13 people who were infected with E. coli O157 linked to the Zerebko Zoo Tran traveling petting zoo. The 13 patients ranged in age from 2 to 68 years. Seven were hospitalized. Two patients develo…Read More »

May 14 2014 Outbreak of E. coli O157, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal contact

Persons attending a party on May 5, 2014 were diagnosed with E. coli O157. Multiple families attended the party. No other common exposures were identified among primary cases during the exposure period. Four children who attended the party were labor…Read More »

October 13 2013 E. coli O157 Infections at Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

In October 2013 three Minnesota children became ill with E. coli O157 infections after contact with animals at Dehn's Pumpkins located in Dayton, Minnesota. One child was hospitalized and developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. The children visited the …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 »

August 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157 Associated with a Wedding, Spring Lake Park, Minnesota

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

Persons who attended a wedding on August 24, 2013 at Spring Lake Park in North Mankato became ill with E. coli O157:H7. Approximately 30-50 people attended the wedding. Twenty-one attendees were interviewed. Eleven persons residing in 8 households me…Read More »

May 13 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to BBQ Shack in Toccoa, Georgia, May 2013

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

The Georgia Department of Public Health, the North Health District, and the Stephens County Health Department investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that occurred in early May 2013. As of May 31, 2013, 18 cases had been identified. Eleven peop…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 »

July 12 Germantown, Ohio E. coli O157 Outbreak, July 2012

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

At least 75 people were sickened after attending a picnic hosted by Neff's Lawn Care located in Germantown, Ohio. Up to 300 persons attended the picnic held on July 3, 2012. Fourteen people were hospitalized. Three patients developed hemolytic urem…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 »

December 11 2011 Outbreak of E. coli O26 at Jimmy John's Restaurants Linked to Raw Clover Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Clover Sprouts

On February 15, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control first announced an ongoing investigation into illnesses linked to the consumption of raw clover sprouts consumed at Jimmy John's Restaurants in several states. The illnesses were caused by E. co…Read More »

May 11 2011 Outbreak of E. coli O104:H4 Linked to Fenugreek Sprouts

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Sprouts, Fenugreek

Beginning in May, an outbreak of E. coli O104:H4, an enterohemorrhagic E. coli, spread rapidly throughout northern Germany affecting mostly adults and females. On May 25, the Robert Koch Institut, Germany's disease control authority, advised the pub…Read More »

March 09 2009 Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Nestle Raw Refrigerated Prepackaged Cookie Dough

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Cookie Dough Grains, Flour

Eighty ill persons infected with a single strain of E. coli O157:H7 were identified in at least 31 states. At least 70 of these illnesses were confirmed by an advanced DNA test as being the same strain of E.coli O157: H7. An epidemiological study i…Read More »

May 08 Herb Depot and Autumn Olive Farm Unpasteurized (Raw) Goat Milk 2008

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

A child developed hemolytic uremic syndrome after consuming raw goat's milk that had been purchased at a local store, the Herb Depot. Another child was identified to have E.coli O157:H7; this child's family reported consuming milk that had been purc…Read More »

September 07 2007 Outbreak of E. coli O157 and Shigella in Floyd County, Indiana

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157, Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Person-to-Person

In September 2007 local and state health officials in Indiana investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 and Shigella among children who attended the Galena Elementary School in Floyds Knob, Indiana. The only common exposure among case-patients was att…Read More »

October 04 North Carolina State Fair Petting Zoo 2004

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Animal Contact

A cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases, including some who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), were reported among children who had visited a petting zoo at the North Carolina State Fair. Further investigation found additional related illnesses. …Read More »

October 98 1998 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at Finley School, Washington

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

Eleven students in Finley School District No. 53 became ill after eating ground beef tacos that had been served in a school lunch. On inspection, food handling errors were noted in the school kitchen. No food handlers were known to be ill. There w…Read More »

December 95 Bavarian Mortadella and Teewurst Sausages 1995

  • Organism:
  • Non-E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Luncheon Meat and Sausage, Sausage, Mortadella, Teewurst

Between December, 1995, and March, 1996, 28 children with hemolytic uremic syndrome were identified in Bavaria, Germany. Laboratory studies identified a sorbitol-fermenting E. coli O157:H-, phage type 88, in many of the stool samples taken from the …Read More »

November 92 Jack in the Box Restaurant Chain Ground Beef Hamburgers 1992

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

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was linked to the consumption of hamburgers from the Jack In The Box Restaurant chain. Cases were reported from the states of Washington(602 cases/144 hospitalizations/3 deaths), Idaho(14 cases/4 hospitalizations/no dea…Read More »

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