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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February 10 2010 Outbreak of Shigellosis at Subway, Lombard, Illinois

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Workers

An outbreak of Shigella sonnei was linked to eating at the Subway Restaurant in Lombard, Illinois (DuPage County). Two restaurant employees tested positive for the same strain of Shigella that caused the outbreak. The employees had been ill with gas…Read More »

November 09 Maryland Other and Workplace Unknown 2009

  • Organism:
  • Shigella, Non-O157 E. coli
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A multi-pathogen outbreak occurred in Maryland. The involved organisms were: Shigella sonnei; Enteroaggregative E. coli, and Enterotoxigenic E. coli. The location of exposure was described as other or workplace. The vehicle of infection was not d…Read More »

August 09 Illinois Restaurant Unknown 4 2009

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred among people who had eaten at a restaurant in Illinois. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

May 09 Florida Private Home Unknown 2009

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei was associated with eating in a private home in Florida. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

April 09 Denmark Sugar Snap Peas 2009

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas imported from Africa were implicated in an outbreak of Shigella sonnei. Concurrent outbreaks of Shigella, which also implicated sugar snaps peas, occurred in Norway and Finland.…Read More »

December 09 Norway Sugar Snap Peas from Kenya 2009

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Sugar Snap Peas

Illness was epidemiologically linked to the consumption of sugar snap peas. Shigella sonnei had been isolated from a consumer package of the sugar snap peas. The vegetable appeared to have originated from Kenya. Sugar snap peas were implicated in …Read More »

December 08 Pennsylvania Restaurant 2 Unknown 2008

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Two people became infected with Shigella sonnei after eating at a restaurant in Pennsylvania. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

September 08 2008 Multipathogen Waterborne Outbreak Onboard a Boat

  • Organism:
  • Shigella, Cryptosporidium, Giardia
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Ice

During September, the City of Chicago had extreme rainfall which forced a discharge of wastewater into Lake Michigan. An outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred among persons who celebrated a reunion onboard a dinner boat cruise on September 13. Consu…Read More »

August 08 Ohio Private Home 3 Unknown 2008

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred among people who had eaten at a private home in Ohio. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

August 08 North Carolina Day Care Center Unknown 2008

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred at a day care center in North Carolina. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

June 08 Ohio Wedding Reception 2 Unknown 2008

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred among people who had eaten at a wedding reception in Ohio. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

May 08 North Carolina Day Care Center 2 Unknown 2008

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred at a day care center in North Carolina. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

April 08 Texas Schools in Falls City, Karnes City, Kennedy, and Runge Unknown 2008

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred in several school districts in Karne County, Texas. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

October 07 Texas Undescribed Location 2 Unknown Vehicle 2007

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred in Texas. The vehicle of infection and the exposure location were not described.…Read More »

September 07 Texas School Unknown 2007

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred at a school in Texas. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

September 07 Texas Undescribed Location Unknown Vehicle 2007

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred in Texas. The exposure location and the vehicle of infection were not described.…Read More »

September 07 Texas Other Location 2 Unknown Vehicle 2007

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred in Texas. The exposure location was described as "other." The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

August 07 Texas Day Care Unknown 2007

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred at a day care center in Texas. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

July 07 2007 Pasadena Souplantation Lettuce Based Salads

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Lettuce Based Salads

In early August, the Souplantation in Pasadena, California, closed while an investigation into an outbreak of Shigella sonnei was conducted. Ill persons had eaten at the restaurant between July 22 and July 25. Environmental health inspectors did no…Read More »

July 07 Hawaii Banquet Facility Spring Salad 2007

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetables, Leafy Greens, Spring Salad

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred among people who had eaten spring salad at a banquet facility in Hawaii.…Read More »

June 07 Texas Unknown Location Chicken Barbeque 2007

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Chicken, Barbeque

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred in Texas. Chicken barbeque was named as the vehicle of infection. The exposure location was not described.…Read More »

March 07 Maine Unknown Location 9 Unknown Vehicle 2007

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnnei occurred at an undisclosed location. The vehicle was not named.…Read More »

September 06 Arizona Workplace Beef Picadilla 2006

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Beef Picadilla

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei was associated with eating beef picadilla while at a workplace in Arizona.…Read More »

September 06 Minnesota Restaurant 11 Unknown 2006

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei was associated with eating at a restaurant in Minnesota. The vehicle of infection was not described.…Read More »

September 06 California Restaurant Salad 2006

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Salad

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei was associated with eating salad at a restaurant in California. The salad ingredients were not described.…Read More »

September 06 California Restaurant Beans 2006

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Grains, Beans

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei was associated with eating beans at a restaurant in California.…Read More »

January 06 Tommy's Diner Lettuce-Based Salads 2006

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Produce-based salads, Leafy Greens

Persons who ate lettuce-based salads at Tommy's Diner in January developed Shigella sonnei. Poor food handling practices and a ill food worker were likely contributory factors in the outbreak.…Read More »

January 06 California Unknown Location Unknown Vehicle 2006

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred in California. The vehicle of exposure and the exposure location were not described.…Read More »

January 06 California Restaurant Fish 2006

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Finfish

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei was linked to eating fish at a restaurant in California.…Read More »

July 05 Minnesota Swimming Beach Water 2 2005

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational Water, Lake

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei was associated with swimming at a swim beach in Minnesota.…Read More »

July 05 Pennsylvania Lake Water 2005

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational Water, Lake

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred among people who swam at a lake in Pennsylvania.…Read More »

June 05 Massachusetts Lake Water 2005

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational Water, Lake

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella sonnei was associated with swimming in a Massachusetts lake.…Read More »

August 04 Gate Gourmet Salad Vegetables 2004

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, carrots, cucumbers

While on board, air passengers traveling from Honolulu, Hawaii, between August 22 through August 24, were exposed to Shigella while eating the food. The food had been prepared by the Gate Gourmet, Inc., facility located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Gate Go…Read More »

September 03 2003 Outbreak of Shigella at a Doubletree Inn Breakfast Buffet, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit, Melon, Honeydew

Multiple people, residing in several states, had become ill with Shigella after their stay at the Doubletree Hotel in Westminster, Colorado. Several groups were affected including hotel staff, a veterans' group, a wedding group, and other hotel gues…Read More »

November 02 All-Inclusive Resort-British West Indies Food Worker 2002

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Fruit Juice

In November 2002, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre reported an outbreak of Shigella sonnei infections among guests of an all-inclusive resort in the British West Indies. Vacationers from the United States (n=25), Canada (n=40), and the United Kingdo…Read More »

June 01 Unchlorinated Fill-and-Drain Wading Pool 2001

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational

Local physicians in Iowa reported cases of diarrhea to a county health department. Shigella sonnei had been isolated from the stool samples of two persons. A preliminary investigation showed that most of the cases had recently visited a wading pool …Read More »

October 00 Viva Mexico Restaurant Salsa 2000

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Salsa

Health officials in San Mateo County shut down the Viva Mexico Restaurant when an outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred. One diner died. Illness was associated with eating salsa. Investigators discovered buckets of stagnant water used to thaw shrim…Read More »

January 00 Senor Felix 5 Layer Bean Dip 2000

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green onions Vegetable, Guacamole Salsa or Pico de Gallo Herbs and Spices, Fresh Parsley, Cilantro Dairy, Cheese, nacho Dairy, Sour Cream Grain, Bean, Dip

Six persons who attended a baby shower in Seattle, Washington, developed fever and diarrhea. One of these illnesses was confirmed as caused by an antibiotic resistant, Shigella sonnei. A cohort study implicated the commercially distributed, ready-t…Read More »

August 99 Interactive Water Fountain at a Beachside Park 1999

  • Organism:
  • Shigella, Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational

The Volusia County Health Department, Florida, received reports of Shigella sonnei caused illnesses among children who had recently visited an interactive, water fountain at a beachside park. A case control study showed that entering the fountain in…Read More »

August 99 Interactive Water Fountain at a Beachside Park Water 1999

  • Organism:
  • Shigella, Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Recreational, Fountain

An outbreak of Shigella sonnei and Cryptosporidium parvum occurred among people exposed to an "interactive" water fountain at a beachside park in Daytona Beach, Florida. The investigation began in late August when the Volusia County Health Departmen…Read More »

July 98 1998 Outbreak of Shigellosis Linked to Consumption of Fresh Parsley, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Parsley

In August, the Minnesota Department of Health identified two restaurant associated outbreaks of Shigella sonnei that had a similar genetic fingerprint. Uncooked, curly parsley appeared to be the common vehicle for these outbreaks. Additional outbre…Read More »

August 95 Island Park Drinking Water 1995

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Water, Well

Well water served to visitors to an Island Park, Idaho resort led to an outbreak of Shigella sonnei. Samples of water tested failed to show the presence of Shigella, however the water had a high coliform bacteria count. A recent subdivision of home…Read More »

May 94 European Outbreak Imported Iceberg Lettuce 1994

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Iceberg Lettuce

Several European countries, including Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, experienced a sudden increase in the number of Shigella sonnei infections. Epidemiologic evidence implicated iceberg lettuce imported from Spain. A number of the case-pat…Read More »

September 91 Moose Soup Served at a Potlatch 1991

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Soup, Game, Moose

Transmission of Shigella sonnei had been documented in a rural Alaskan community at least one month before a potlatch was held. An outbreak developed associated with participation at the potlatch. A large batch of mouse soup was prepared and was se…Read More »

September 88 Northwest Airlines Flights Cold Food Items 1988

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Sandwiches, cold food

An outbreak of a single strain of Shigella sonnei resulted from the consumption of mass-produced, cold food items served on domestic and international Northwest Airlines flights. The outbreak was first detected when members of the Minnesota Vikings …Read More »

August 88 Outdoor Music Festival Tofu Salad 1988

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Tofu

Attendees of an outdoor music festival that was held in Michigan became ill with Shigella sonnei. The onset of the illnesses peaked two days after the festival ended, after attendees had returned home. An uncooked tofu salad served on the last day …Read More »

July 87 Rainbow Family Gathering Food Worker Person-to-Person 1987

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Food Worker, Person-to-Person

For two weeks, members of the Rainbow Family gathered from around the United States at a national forest area in North Carolina. The facilities were insufficient to support the hygiene needs of the large crowd. An outbreak of Shigella sonnei began …Read More »

August 86 Commercially Distributed Shredded Lettuce 1986

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Food Worker

An outbreak of Shigellosis occurred in Ector and Midland Counties, in Texas. In Ector county, a case-control study showed an increased risk of Shigellosis associated with eating at outlets of a fast-food chain. In Midland County, illness was associ…Read More »

October 83 Texas University Campuses Tossed Salads 1983

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Leafy Greens, Lettuce

Two, concurrent outbreaks of Shigella sonnei occurred on university campuses in Texas. Both universities purchased lettuce from the same distributor. The distributor obtained the lettuce from three states. The farm source was never determined and …Read More »

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