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 19 2019 Outbreak of Salmonella Reading Infections at a Private Event, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Turkey

Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Reading infections associated with a private event held on April 20, 2019. Multiple potluck items were brought by party attendees. Assorted smoked and barbecued meat was…Read More »

June 18 2018 Outbreak of Shigella at a Potluck, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

As many as 40 Charlotte residents became ill with Shigella, after eating contaminated food served at a potluck birthday party at an east Charlotte apartment complex, Forest Hills Townhomes. The party was held Saturday, June 30. Health officials were …Read More »

June 18 2018 Outbreak of Enteroinvasive Esherichia coli Infections at a Potluck, North Carolina

  • Organism:
  • Enteroinvasive Escherichia coli
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In 2018 the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) investigated an outbreak of Enteroinvasive Escherichia coli (EIEC). NC DPH partnered with the local health department and the CDC to investigate the outbreak. Illnesses occurred in members…Read More »

November 14 2014 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis at a Post Office Potluck, Charlotte, NC

  • Organism:
  • Other (Not determined)
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

More than a dozen postal employees were taken to a Charlotte area hospital with suspect food poisoning after eating leftovers from a Veterans Day potluck. Nearly 200 employees participated in the potluck held to honor co-workers who are veterans. Som…Read More »

October 13 2013 Norovirus Associated with a Private Potluck, Watertown, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • fruit

On October 9, 2013 members of a Watertown, Minnesota cross country team became ill with norovirus following a potluck held at a private home. A school nurse reported that 14 members of the team were ill. Symptoms noted were vomiting, diarrhea, and fe…Read More »

March 13 2013 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens Associated With A Potluck, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Chicken chili

In March 2013 a physician notified the Minnesota Department of Health that he had a patient hospitalized with vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and renal failure. Family members reported that 6 additional family members were ill after consuming a potluck me…Read More »

December 12 2012 Outbreak of Rotavirus Associated with a Potluck, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Rotavirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In December 2012 Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials investigated an outbreak of rotavirus occurring among attendees of a potluck held at a church in Minneapolis. Approximately 100 members of an extended family attended, however, only 9 po…Read More »

July 12 2012 Outbreak of Campylobacter Associated with a Private Party, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Eight people who attended a private party in Plymouth, Minnesota on July 14, 2012 became ill with Campylobacter jejuni infections. Two cases tested positive for Campylobacter jejuni subtype CMPC5 (Minnesota designation). A wide variety of homemade an…Read More »

June 10 2010 Cary Baptist Church Potluck

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

About 40 people became ill with stomach upset and vomiting after eating the potluck lunch served after church at the Cary Baptist Church, in North Carolina. It was discovered that a child in the church had been ill two days before the potluck. The c…Read More »

November 09 2009 Cub Scout Potluck Gravy

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Gravy

Through laboratory surveillance, the Minnesota Department of Health discovered three isolates of Salmonella IV 6,7:z4,z24:-, an unusual strain of Salmonella that is associated with reptiles. These isolates were from three people who had attended the …Read More »

July 07 2007 Minnesota High School Potluck Dinner Baked Beans and Unknown Fruit

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Baked Beans Fruit

A confirmed outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who attended a potluck meal at a Hennepin County, Minnesota, high school. There were reports of a lack of serving utensils at the event, and that utensils were used to serve multiple item…Read More »

February 07 2007 Alaska Funeral Potluck Eggs

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium occurred among people who had eaten eggs while at a potluck served at a funeral.…Read More »

March 06 2006 School Potluck Ground Beef

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef

Attendees of a school potluck in Alaska contracted Salmonella Typhimurium. At least 47 people became ill; some of the illnesses were confirmed by stool culture. Genetic testing on the Salmonella Typhimurium proved that all laboratory confirmed case…Read More »

September 99 1999 Portland, Oregon, Potluck Luncheon Tamales and Chicken with Mole Sauce

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Tamales Poultry, Chicken dish, Chicken with mole sauce

An investigation into an outbreak of gastroenteritis among people who attended a potluck lunch in Portland, Oregon, was conducted in September. Risk of illness was associated with eating the tamales or a chicken with mole sauce. Cultures confirmed …Read More »

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