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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December 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus Associated with Raw Oysters, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, Raw

Two people became ill with symptoms consistent with norovirus following a meal held on December 22, 2017 at a restaurant located in Seattle, Washington. The implicated vehicle was raw oysters. No one sought medical care and no one died. Product trac…Read More »

July 17 2017 Outbreak of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Linked to Raw Oysters, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

One person was laboratory confirmed with vibriosis and another person was described as a "probable" case as a result of consuming raw oysters at a meal on July 14, 2017. The oysters were consumed at a restaurant located in Seattle, Washington. No one…Read More »

June 12 2012 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens at a catered picnic, King County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In June 2012 an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens among attendees at a catered picnic was reported by Public Health Seattle King County in Washington state. There were 237 illnesses. No one was hospitalized and there were no deaths. Both leftover f…Read More »

August 09 2009 Salmonella Enteritidis at a Restaurant in King County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was associated with eating eggs at a restaurant in King County, Washington.…Read More »

July 09 2009 Outbreak of Bacillus cereus Linked to Pasta, King County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Pasta

An outbreak of Bacillus cereus was associated with eating pasta at a catered event in King County, Washington.…Read More »

July 08 2008 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at a Restaurant, King County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Rice, Fried Rice

Eating fried rice at an unnamed restaurant in King County, Washington state, was associated with an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis. Raw animal product, cross contamination, poor hand hygiene, and temperature control were implicated in the outbrea…Read More »

October 99 1999 Outbreak of Hepatitis A at Subway, King County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker

Patrons of two Subway Restaurant outlets that were located in northern neighborhoods of Seattle, Washington, developed hepatitis A. Some of the food workers were tested for hepatitis A; among these food handlers no evidence of hepatitis A was found.…Read More »

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