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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December 16 2016-2017 Outbreak of Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Privately Raised Raw Boar Meat, California

  • Organism:
  • Trichinella
  • Vehicle:
  • Wild boar

California public health officials investigated an outbreak of trichinellosis among persons who attended a private celebration on December 28, 2016. Several pork dishes were served, including larb, a traditional Laotian raw pork dish. The event hosts…Read More »

August 16 2016-2017 Outbreak of Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Walrus Meat, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Trichinella
  • Vehicle:
  • Walrus meat

During July 2016-May 2017, the Alaska Division of Public Health investigated two outbreaks of trichinellosis in the Norton Sound region associated with consumption of raw or undercooked walrus meat. Five cases were identified in each of the two outbr…Read More »

July 14 2014 Outbreak of Trichinosis Linked to Consumption of Bear Meat

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Bear meat

In late July 2014, the Alaska State Health Department investigated an outbreak of Trichnella among hunters who consumed bear meat. The hunters butchered and cooked part of the meat over an open fire, consuming it afterwards. Another portion of the me…Read More »

February 09 Senegal Warthog Ham 2009

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Ham

Three patients, who lived in different regions of France, became infected with trichinella (confirmed by blood test) after consumption of smoked warthog ham in February, 2009, at the same hotel in Saint-Louis (Ndar) in Senegal. Upon further investiga…Read More »

December 09 2009 Trichinosis Linked to Consumption of Grizzly Bear Meat, Canada

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Bear

Five French travellers ate grizzly bear meat while visiting Northern Canada. They had been on a Northwest Passage sailing expedition in the Artic. Members of another Northwest Passage sailing expedition ate some of the same grizzly bear meat; two p…Read More »

October 06 2006 Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Bear Meat, California

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Bear

Two people developed trichinellosis after eating bear meat in California. The exposure location was described only as "other."…Read More »

October 98 German Ground Pork and Commercially Prepared Raw Smoked Pork Sausage 1998

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Ground Pork Luncheon Meat or Sausage, Sausage, Pork

Fifty two cases of trichinellosis were identified in the state of Northrhine-Westfalia (NRW), Germany. Persons from ten cities and districts had eaten a specific brand of raw smoked sausage, however none of the people in the Mettman-Langenfeld area …Read More »

October 85 Fresh Pork 1985

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork

A group of persons who consumed pork from a sow that had been purchased from a local farm developed trichinosis. All case-patients denied eating raw, or undercooked pork. Three case-patients had been involved in the slaughter of the pig. Pork samp…Read More »

March 85 1985 Outbreak of Trichinosis at a Birthday Party Linked to Consumption of Grizzly Bear Meat, Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Bear

Bear meat had been frozen for approximately 3 weeks prior to a birthday party. The frozen meat was cut into bite-sized pieces and reportedly cooked in a soup with vegetables. The meat was blamed for an outbreak of trichinosis. No samples of the me…Read More »

February 84 Pork 1984

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Pig Roast

In April, a physician reported four cases of trichinosis among Laotians living in Amarillo, Texas. The investigation identified up to eight additional cases. All reported consuming pork purchased at a small local pig farm. The pigs on the farm wer…Read More »

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