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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March 18 2018 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Raw Oysters, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Oysters

In March/April 2018 Canadian public health authorities investigated an outbreak of norovirus linked to consumption of raw oysters. As of April 27, 172 cases had been reported by 3 provinces: British Columbia (132), Alberta (15), and Ontario (25). No…Read More »

December 17 2018 Oubreak of Giardia Linked to Consumption of Raw Oysters, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Giardia
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Oysters

In December 2017 seven people in Washington state were diagnosed with giardia after consuming raw oysters. Exposure dates ranged from December 1 to December 13. No one was hospitalized and no one died.…Read More »

November 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus, Elliott's Oyster House, Seattle Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw oysters

In November 2017 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) investigated an outbreak of norovirus occurring among persons who consumed raw oysters at Elliott's Oyster House Annual Oyster event held on November 11, 2017. Thirteen attendees from 5 sepa…Read More »

November 17 2017-2018 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Reading Linked to Raw Turkey Products

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Turkey

In July 2018 the CDC announced an investigation of infections with Salmonella Reading reported by 26 states. As of July 11, 2018, ninety people had been diagnosed with the outbreak strain. Of 78 people with information available, 40 (51%) had been ho…Read More »

June 17 2017 June Outbreak of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus, Salted Sea, Seattle, Washington

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

In June 2017 Public Health Seattle King County investigated an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus among patrons of the Salted Sea, a restaurant located in Seattle. Two people from one dinner party became ill after eating raw oysters at the restauran…Read More »

June 17 2017 Outbreak of Suspected Vibriosis Among Patrons of White Swan Public House, Seattle, Washington

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

In July 2017 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) investigated reports of illness among 6 people from two separate dinner parties eating food at White Swan Public House located in Seattle. Ill persons consumed raw oysters. One group ate on June …Read More »

December 16 2016-2017 Outbreak of Salmonella Dublin linked to Pride & Joy Dairy, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • raw milk

Washington health and agriculture agencies identified 3 cases of Salmonella Dublin linked to consumption of raw milk produced by Pride & Joy Dairy. The first case became ill on December 30, 2016. The last person became ill on November 28, 2017. Ill c…Read More »

March 16 2016 Outbreak of STEC linked to Consumption of Raw Milk, Golden Valley Guernseys, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • raw milk

In March 2016 local and state public health, laboratory and agriculture agencies investigated an outbreak of non-O157 Shiga Toxin E. coli (STEC) among members of a herd share. Prior to symptom onset, ill persons consumed raw (unpasteurized) milk prod…Read More »

December 15 2015-16 Outbreak of Salmonella Virchow linked to Garden of Life RAW Meal

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella Virchow
  • Vehicle:
  • Organic Moringa Leaf Powder RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacement

CDC, FDA, and multiple states investigated a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Virchow infections linked to Garden of Life RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Products. A total of 33 people were reported from 23 states. Six people were hospitalized. No de…Read More »

February 15 2015 Outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni linked to Claravale Farm brand raw milk, California

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

In March 2015 California public health investigators learned of 6 northern California residents who were diagnosed with Campylobacter jejuni as a result of consuming raw milk produced by Claravale Farm. Investigators isolated Campylobacter in multip…Read More »

August 14 2014 Cryptosporidiosis Linked to Raw Goat Milk, Idaho

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Goat, Unpasteurized, Raw Milk

In August 2014 Idaho public health investigators learned of two cases of cryptosporidiosis in siblings aged less than 3 years. Idaho's Southwest District Health (SWDH) investigated and found that both children had consumed raw goat milk produced at a…Read More »

March 13 2013 Salmonella Typhimurium linked to homemade unpasteurized fresh cheese, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, cheese, unpasteurized, raw

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the City of Minneapolis investigated an outbreak of Salmonella linked to consumption of homemade unpasteurized cheese also known as queso fresco in May 2013. MDH co…Read More »

August 12 2012 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Associated with Raw Meat Consumption, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • beef, raw

In August 2012 public health and agriculture officials in Minnesota investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to consumption of raw meat among persons who attended a gathering on August 19. Individuals were of Laotian descent and cons…Read More »

March 12 2012 Oubreak of E. coli O157 Linked to Unpasteruized Cow's Milk, Missouri

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw Milk

In March 2012 the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to consumption of unpasteurized (raw) cow's milk produced by a Howard County dairy. Nineteen cases were identified …Read More »

March 08 Idaho Unknown Location Raw Milk 2008

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

A confirmed outbreak of Campylobacter coli occurred in Idaho. The exposure location was not described. The animal source of the milk was not described.…Read More »

February 08 2008 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at Private Home, California

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Cookie Dough

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis occurred among people who had eaten raw, cookie dough in a private home in California.…Read More »

December 07 2007 Outbreak of Campylobacter infections Linked to Pleasant Valley Dairy Unpasteurized, Raw Milk, Washington

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

In Washington state, four Whatcom County residents and one Skagit County resident tested positive for the same Campylobacter jejuni strain that was found in a routine sample of raw milk from Pleasant Valley Dairy. Subsequent to the outbreak, the dai…Read More »

November 07 2007 Campylobacter Linked to Raw Milk

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

Unpasteurized milk purchased from a dairy in California was linked to an outbreak of Campylobacter. No Campylobacter was isolated from available milk samples. Campylobacter was isolated from cow feces collected at the dairy; this strain was a genet…Read More »

October 06 2006 Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Raw Oysters, Washington

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

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus was associated with eating raw oysters at a restaurant in Washington.…Read More »

October 05 Multistate Unknown Location Unpasteurized, Raw Milk 2005

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

A confirmed outbreak of Campylobacteriosis was associated with drinking raw milk that originated from a dairy in Colorado City, Arizona. There were five Arizona cases and two Utah cases. The milk was sampled, and Salmonella was isolated; Campylobac…Read More »

August 01 2001 E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Consumption of Unpasteurizd Goat Milk, Nanaimo, British Columbia

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Dairy, Milk, Unpasteurized, Goat, Raw Milk

Nubian goats owned by 18 families who ran a co-operative farm in Nanaimo, British Columbia, produced milk that was contaminated with E.coli O157:H7. The outbreak first affected the children of a family new to the co-operative. Later the children of…Read More »

December 92 1992 Campylobacter Linked to Raw Milk Served at a Church Picnic, Minnesota

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

An outbreak of Campylobacter occurred among people who drank raw milk served at a church picnic.…Read More »

June 84 1984 Campylobacter jejuni Linked to Consumption of Certified Raw Milk

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

Kindergarten children and adults visited a certified raw milk bottling plant in southern California where they were given ice cream, kefir, and milk. A few days later several of them became ill due to infections caused by Campylobacter jejuni.…Read More »

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