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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August 18 2018 Outbreak of Shigellosis at a Wedding, Oregon

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Asparagus

In August 2018 the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and local health departments in Oregon investigated an outbreak of Shigella flexneri type 3a infections among people who attended a wedding and reception in Yamhill County on August 11. One hundred twe…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 »

March 18 2018 Outbreak of Shigellosis Associated with Eric Gorbman Catering, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Seattle King County Public Health (SKCPH) investigated an outbreak of Shigella infections associated with food prepared by Eric Gorbman Catering. The company catered two events at Temple Beth Am and Temple Beth Shalom in Seattle. As of March 16, 2018…Read More »

September 14 Shigella at Zov's Restaurant, Irvine, California 2014

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

On October 1, 2014 Health Care Agency of Orange County closed Zov's restaurant in Irvine due to reports of shigellosis in four customers. Ill restaurant patrons ate at Zov's over the course of six days between September 16-22. Health officials allowe…Read More »

August 14 2014 True Foods Kitchen Shigella Outbreak, California

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Ill Food Handler

Orange County Health Care Authority investigated an outbreak of shigella among customers of True Foods Kitchen, a restaurant located in Newport Beach, California. A total of 8 patients laboratory confirmed with shigella all reported eating at the re…Read More »

June 14 2014 Outbreak of Shigella Linked to Salsarita's, Arkansas

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Salsa

In June 2014 public health investigators at the Benton County (Arkansas) Health Department and the Arkansas Department of Health investigated and outbreak of Shigella that occurred at the Walmart Home Office cafeteria. Food prepared by a restaurant l…Read More »

July 13 Outbreak of Shigella Sonnei following lake exposure, Rhode Island - July 2013

  • Organism:
  • Shigella sonnei
  • Vehicle:
  • recreational water

The Rhode Island Department of Health investigated 134 cases of Shigella Sonnei in individuals who swam at Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville on July 4, 2013. An additional 14 cases of shigellosis were reported in people who swam at Wallum Lake in ear…Read More »

July 12 2012 Waterborne Outbreak of Shigellosis, Clark County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water, person-to-person

In July 2012 Clark County (Washington) Public Health investigated an outbreak of Shigella linked to water exposure at a public swimming area and childcare facilities. In total there were 24 cases (4 confirmed, 13 probable, and 7 suspect). Of these 19…Read More »

May 12 Shigella sonnei at a private bridge club, Los Angeles, 2012

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In May 2012 the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health investigated an outbreak of shigellosis associated with a private bridge club. Thirty nine cases were identified among club members with diarrhea and four among club workers. The averag…Read More »

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 »

July 09 Rufus Putnam Day Care 2009

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of Shigella occurred among children and adults associated with the Rufus Putnam Daycare Center in Zanesville, Ohio. The cause of the outbreak was not stated. The food for the day care center was produced off site and was the same food p…Read More »

May 09 2009 Sweden Sugar Snap Peas and Shigella

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

An outbreak of Shigella dysenteriae, type 2, was identified in Sweden. Shigella outbreaks were rare in Sweden. Sugar snap peas originating from Kenya were implicated as the source of illness. Although microbiologic analysis of the sugar snap peas …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 »

March 09 2009 Outbreak of Shigella Infections at Applebee's Restaurant, New York

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of Shigellosis was associated with eating at the Applebee's Restaurant in Camillus, New York.…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 »

July 08 Oregon Country Fair 2008

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

At least eight people who attended the Oregon Country Fair in July, 2008, developed Shigella. The specific cause of outbreak was not given. Shigella can become a foodborne disease when human feces contaminates food directly or when fecally contamin…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 »

April 07 Texas Undescribed Location 4 Undescribed Vehicle 2007

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella(unspecified type) occurred in the state of Texas. The exposure location and the vehicle of infection were 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 »

August 06 Filiberto's Restaurant 2006

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Ten people developed symptoms of Shigella in late August. The San Diego and California health departments investigated and determined that the cluster of illnesses were linked to eating at Filiberto's Restaurant in San Diego. Serious food-handling …Read More »

May 06 Arizona Restaurant Unknown 2006

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Shigella flexneri serotype 6 occurred among people who had eaten at a restaurant in Arizona. The vehicle of infection was not described.…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 »

September 05 Golf Tournament Beef Skewer 2005

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef Skewer

A cluster of illnesses caused by Shigella flexneri 2a was identified by the Maine State Health Department in mid September. Further investigation revealed that the group had participated in a golf tournament on September 1. Additional cases were su…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 »

September 04 2004 Shigellosis at a Roseville Restaurant Linked to Consumption of Beef Tacos

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Beef, Ground Beef, Tacos Food Worker

Laboratory surveillance revealed two genetically matched, Shigella flexneri 2a isolates. Upon investigation into these isolates and interview of the corresponding cases, a common exposure was found. Both cases had eaten at the same Roseville, Minne…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 »

January 01 Royal Fork Restaurant Food Worker 2001

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Food worker

The Royal Fork Restaurant in Mount Vernon, Washington, was associated with an outbreak of Shigella. The outbreak was traced back to a food worker who failed to exercise good hand hygiene.…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 Fresh Parsley 1998

  • 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 »

October 97 1997 Intentional Food Contamination in a Hospital Laboratory, Texas

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Pastries

Laboratory workers at a large medical center in Texas developed gastroenteritis after eating muffins and doughnuts that were left anonymously in the break room. An identical strain of Shigella dysenteriae, type 2, was isolated from the stool samples…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 »

August 94 Viking Serenade Cruise Ship Unknown Food 1994

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

An outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred among passengers and workers on a cruise ship voyage from San Pedro, California to Ensenada, Mexico. Shigella flexneri 2a was isolated from at least 12 passengers. The Shigella was resistant to the antibiotic…Read More »

June 94 Green Onions/Scallions 1994

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Green Onions, Scallions

An outbreak of Shigella flexneri 6A occurred in two U.S. states. The scallions possibly were contaminated during harvest or packaging in Mexico.…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 »

July 92 Restaurant Tossed Salad 1992

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Vegetable, Tossed Salad, Iceberg Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Cabbage, Carrots

Investigation into a cluster of Shigella flexneri cases in Michigan and Ohio suggested that consumption of tossed salad at one of several outlets of a restaurant chain was a risk factor for illness. The tossed salad had been prepared at a central co…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 »

October 89 Cruise Ship German Potato Salad 1989

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Produce-Only Salad, Potato, German style

An outbreak of Shigella flexneri 4a occurred among passengers and crew of a cruise ship while the ship travelled through the Caribbean Sea. A case-control study implicated the German potato salad as the vehicle of transmission. The salad was probab…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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