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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April 18 2018 Outbreak of Norovirus at Shedd Aquarium, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Two separate groups of visitors to the Shedd Aquarium became ill with gastroenteritis in April 2018. On April 17 about 15 kindergartners from a Chicago Catholic school became sick after visiting the Shedd Aquarium. The kindergartners did not eat at t…Read More »

July 11 2011 Outbreak of Salmonella Newport at El Gran Burrito Express Linked to Steak Taco Salad

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Steak Taco Salad

In July 2011 a confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Newport was associated with eating at two of three restaurants owned and operated by the same family in the Chicago area. The outbreak was first reported to the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDP…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 »

April 10 2010 Outbreak of Salmonella Hvittingfoss Infections Linked to Subway Sandwiches, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Lettuce Fruit, Tomatoes, Olives

Ninety seven customers of 49 Subway Restaurant locations, in 28 Illinois counties, developed Salmonella Hvittingfoss, a rare strain of Salmonella. The counties where cases had eaten included Bureau, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Coles, Dekalb, DeWitt,…Read More »

February 10 2010 Outbreak of Shigellosis at Subway, Lombard, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Workers

An outbreak of Shigella sonnei was linked to eating at the Subway Restaurant in Lombard, Illinois (DuPage County). Two restaurant employees tested positive for the same strain of Shigella that caused the outbreak. The employees had been ill with gas…Read More »

March 09 2009 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Ice and Lemonade, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Ice Beverages, Lemonade

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus was associated with consuming ice and lemonade at a school in Illinois.…Read More »

January 09 2009 Salmonella enteritidis in Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis occurred in Illinois. The exposure location was described as other and private home. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

October 08 2008 Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup occurred among people who had eaten at a private home in Illinois. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

June 07 2007 Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo Linked to Consumption of Pork, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Pig Head Salsa, Red, Green

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo was linked to a grocery store in Illinois. The named vehicles of infection were pig head, red salsa, and green salsa. The details on how these items became contaminated with Salmonella were not availabl…Read More »

October 05 2005 Outbreak of Norovirus at a DuPage County School Holiday Banquet, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A holiday banquet at a DuPage county, Illinois, school ended up causing over forty illnesses. Stool samples indicated Norovirus as the causative agent. Foods for the event were prepared at private homes and brought to the school for the banquet. N…Read More »

October 05 2005 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Linked to School Fruit and Fruit Juice, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Whole or Cut Up, Pineapple Fruit Cup Fruit Beverage, Juice, multifruit

High numbers of yeast, or yeast by products, led to two school-based outbreaks, at the same school, in Cook County, Illinois. In the first outbreak, twenty one persons became ill with vomiting shortly after drinking a mixed, multifruit juice. Labor…Read More »

August 05 2005 Outbreak of Norovirus at a DuPage School Breakfast, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A welcome-back-to-school breakfast led to an outbreak of Norovirus in DuPage County, Illinois. Over thirty students contracted the virus after the breakfast. An epidemiological investigation could not identify a single food item associated with ill…Read More »

June 05 2005 Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup at a Fair, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Two people attended a local fair and contracted Salmonella Braenderup. An investigation by the health department noted both attended the same local fair, but the case-patients reported eating at different booths. This was classified as an outbreak …Read More »

May 05 2005 Salmonella Enteritidis at a Cook County School, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Five students in a Cook County, Illinois, school were confirmed to have Salmonella Enteritidis through laboratory testing of their stool samples. An investigation found neither a source nor a vehicle.…Read More »

April 05 2005 Outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis at CL Swanson Corporation Cafeteria

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Food worker

The CL Swanson Corporation's company cafeteria was associated with an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis. Twelve company workers were confirmed to have Salmonella. Two of the ill were company cafeteria food workers. Four other people became ill, bu…Read More »

February 04 2004 Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Infections Linked to Basil and Mesclun/Spring Mix Salad Products

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herb, Fresh Basil Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Mesclun Lettuce

The Food & Drug Administration issued an alert to consumers about two outbreak clusters of gastrointestinal illness caused by Cyclospora. The first cluster, consisting of at least 57 cases, occurred in Wheaton, Illinois. The second cluster of 38 ca…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 »

October 90 1990 Outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis at a Chicago Convention

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs Dishes, Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

A bread pudding with vanilla dessert was implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis, phage type 8. No other foods were associated with illness. The outbreak occurred among persons who attended a convention on September 30, 1990. The bread…Read More »

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