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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July 18 2018 Outbreak of Norovirus at the Hub at Gig Harbor Restaurant, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

Tacoma Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) investigated an outbreak of suspected norovirus among people who attended a special event at the Hub at Gig Harbor Restaurant located in Gig Harbor. The event was held July 26, 2018. The first reports of…Read More »

January 18 2018 Outbreak of Norovirus, El Toro Restaurants, Pierce County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

As least 542 people were sickened with norovirus linked to food prepared at two El Toro Mexican restuarants located in Pierce County, Washington. Most of the cases (n=520) dined at the Tacoma location at 5716 N. 26th Street. The other 22 cases dined …Read More »

September 17 2017 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis at a Restaurant, Tacoma, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Unknown
  • Vehicle:
  • Pinto Beans

Two people became ill with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea within hours after eating at a restaurant located in Tacoma, Washington on September 2, 2018. The suspected contaminated food item was pinto beans. Neither case sought medical care and neit…Read More »

January 17 2017 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens, Tacoma, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In January 2017 Tacoma Pierce County Health Department officials investigated an outbreak of gastroenteritis in two patrons of a Mexican restaurant. The implicated meal date was January 30, 2017. Based on epidemiologic evidence, investigators theoriz…Read More »

January 17 2017 Suspected Outbreak of Salmonella, Tacoma, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • chicken

Two friends who reside in different households and had no other common exposures became ill with symptoms consistent with salmonellosis following a meal of chicken teriyaki at a restaurant in Tacoma, Washington. The implicated meal date was January 2…Read More »

January 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Temporary Mobile Food Site, Tacoma, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • unknown

In January 2017 investigators in Tacoma, Washington learned of three people who became ill after eating food at a "fair, festival or other mobile food site." The implicated meal date was January 11, 2017. All three reported symptoms of vomiting and d…Read More »

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