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 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 »

December 03 2003 Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Bear Meat

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

In December, a 54 year-old, New York resident, was reported to have Trichinellosis. His illness symptoms included: fever; weakness; rapid heart rate; diarrhea; a dry cough. He had eaten about two pounds of nearly raw, bear meat during the two weeks…Read More »

October 03 2003 Trichinellosis Linked to Consumption of Bear Meat, Tennessee

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

The Tennessee Department of Health received a report of two cases of Trichinella in November. A 38 year-old man and a 54-year old woman were admitted to the hospital with fever, chills, myalgias, and facial swelling. Both tested positive for Trichi…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 »

March 95 Cougar Jerky 1995

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Game, Cougar, Jerky

A hunter shot and killed a cougar and then prepared jerky from the cougar meat by brining and smoking the meat. He never heated the meat to a high enough temperature to kill the trinchinella larva that were still contained in the meat. An outbreak …Read More »

July 90 Des Moines Wedding Pork Sausage 1990

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Pork Sausage

People who attended a wedding on July 14, and ate raw pork sausage, developed trichinellosis. Most of the people who attended the wedding originated from Southeast Asia where it is customary to eat raw pork; the hazards of eating raw or undercooked …Read More »

December 90 Shenandoah Valley Pork Sausage 1990

  • Organism:
  • Other
  • Vehicle:
  • Pork, Pork Sausage

A trichinellosis outbreak occurred in the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia among persons who had eaten pork sausage. The pork sausage was purchased through retail grocery stores that in turn had purchased the product from a local processing plant.…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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