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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August 18 2018 Outbreak of Salmonella Newport at a Church Supper, Highland, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Tomatoes

In August 2018 the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Doniphan County Health Department (DCHD) investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections associated with an Indian Taco Dinner held at the Highland United Methodist P…Read More »

January 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Mexican Restaurant, Shawnee County, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In January 2017 Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), and Shawnee County Health Agency (SCHA) staff investigated an outbreak of norovirus at a restaurant located in Topeka. Six individuals met the…Read More »

September 16 2016 Outbreak of Salmonellosis Associated with Kansas State Fair Food Vendor, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In September 2016 Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) staff investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Newport among persons who consum…Read More »

September 16 2016 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Associated with Louisburg Cider Mill Festival, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Unpasteurized apple cider

In October 2016 public health officials in Kansas and Missouri investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 among people who attended the Louisburg Cider Mill Festival held over two weekends in September and October, 2016. Fifty-six people reported il…Read More »

August 16 2016 Outbreak of Norovirus Associated with a Family Luncheon, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • strawberries, grapes

In August 2016 Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) staff investigated an outbreak of norovirus among people who attended a family luncheon held on August 27 in North Central Kansas. Food items were prepared by attendees who resided in …Read More »

February 16 2016 Outbreak of Norovirus Associated with the Midwest Shabbaton, Lawrence, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In February 2016 twenty one individuals who attended the Midwest Shabbaton events in Lawrence, Kansas became ill with norovirus. The Chabad on Campus hosted the event from February 26-28, 2016. Groups from Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, India…Read More »

January 16 2016 Norovirus Outbreak Associated with Buffalo Wild Wings, Overland Park, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In January 2016 16 people became ill with norovirus after consuming food and drink at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 7030 W. 105th Street in Overland Park, Kansas. Onset of illness ranged from January 25 to February 15. Five of the 6 stool specimens r…Read More »

December 16 2016 Outbreak of Norovirus and Clostridium perfringens associated with New Theater Restaurant, Overland Park, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus, Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In January 2016 an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness occurred among patrons of New Theatre Restaurant located in Overland Park, Kansas. Dates of onset of illness ranged from January 14 to January 31. Two etiologic agents were identified. Initially…Read More »

January 15 2015 Norovirus Connected to Meals on Wheels, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment investigated an outbreak of norovirus linked to meals provided on January 6, 2015 by Meals on Wheels to residents of Neosho County. As of January 13, 2015 news reports estimated as many as 29 ill person…Read More »

August 14 2014 Outbreak of Salmonella Thompson Associated with a Church Event, Crawford County, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In August 2014 officials at the Crawford County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Thompson among attendees of a meal served at a local church event on August 16. Thirty indivi…Read More »

June 14 2014 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens in a Topeka, Kansas Correctional Facility

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • pasta with meat sauce

In June 2014 Kansas public health officials investigated an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurring among staff and inmates at the Topeka Correctional Facility. The outbreak was attributed to a meal served on June 18. Rotini with meat sauce was…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 »

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 »

November 10 2010 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a Church Dinner, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Turkey

An outbreak of Clostridium perfringens occurred among people who ate at the November 8 turkey dinner held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arkansas City, Kansas. More than 1800 people attended the dinner. Illness symptoms included: vomiting; …Read More »

June 08 2008 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Consumption of pick de gallo or guacamole, Newton, Kansas

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Pico de gallo, guacamole

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was associated with the Acapulco Restaurant in Newton, Kansas. The epidemiologic and clinical data suggested a continual source outbreak. Statistical analysis revealed that eating pico de gallo, or guacamole, wa…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 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 »

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