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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May 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus at Multiple Outdoor Festivals, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Water

In June 2017 the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDOH) was notified of acute gastrointestinal illness among attendees of a festival held at Venue A. Additional cases were identified from two additional Venue A festivals held in May 31-June 18. Soc…Read More »

June 12 2012 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Cheese Sold at Whole Foods, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Cheese, Pasteurized

The Allegheny County Health Department and Whole Foods Market announced that Jean Perrin Edel de Cleron cheese sold in the East Liberty Whole Foods Market store was linked to listeriosis in a 69 year old Westmoreland County man. The man fell ill on …Read More »

March 11 2011 Yersinia Linked to Brunton Dairy Pasteurized Milk and Ice Cream

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Pasteurized

An outbreak of Yersinia enterocolitica was associated with drinking milk or eating ice cream made by the Brunton Dairy. Nine individuals in Beaver County and seven in Allegheny County were sickened (Pennsylvania). On August 26, it was revealed that …Read More »

June 07 2007 Outbreak of Salmonella Stanley at a Private Home, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Stanley occurred at a private home in Pennsylvania. The vehicle of infection was not named.…Read More »

February 07 2007 Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Unpasteurized, Raw Milk and Cheese, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk Dairy, Cheese, Unpasteurized, Raw Cheese

In February, the Pennsylvania Department of Health received reports of two laboratory-confirmed infections of Salmonella Typhimurium. The isolates matched by pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), a genetic fingerprinting technique, and the patient…Read More »

August 06 2006 Outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish, Tilapia Poultry, Chicken, Fried Chicken

A confirmed outbreak of Staphylococcus aureus occurred in Pennsylvania. The exposure location was not described. The vehicles of infection were tilapia fish and fried chicken.…Read More »

August 06 2006 Outbreak of Salmonella Stanley, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Stanley occurred in Pennsylvania. The vehicle of infection and the exposure location were not described.…Read More »

November 99 1999 Outbreak of E. Coli O157:H7 at a Retirement Facility, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy greens, Romaine Lettuce Caesar Salad

In November, 1999, seven residents of a Pennsylvania retirement facility were hospitalized with E. coli O157:H7 infections. An investigation determined the outbreak was associated with eating romaine lettuce that had been prepared in one of the fac…Read More »

May 83 1983 Campylobacter jejuni Linked to Raw Milk During a Dairy Farm Visit, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

An outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni occurred among first grade students who drank raw milk while visiting a farm in central Pennsylvania. Illness risk was associated with the quantity of milk that was consumed during the visit.…Read More »

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