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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April 18 2018 Multistate Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Linked to Imported Crab Meat

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Crab

On July 13, 2018 local, state and federal officials at the CDC and the FDA announced an investigation of an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections associated with consumption of fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela. Twenty six people infec…Read More »

September 17 2017 Outbreak of Vibrio Parahaemoyticus, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

Six people became ill after eating raw oysters at a Seattle restaurant on September 5, 2017. One person was laboratory confirmed with Vibrio Parahaemolyticus. One person was seen at the emergency department. No one was hospitalized and no one died. I…Read More »

August 17 2017 Outbreak of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Linked to Samish Bay Oysters, Washington State

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw oysters

In August 2017 eight people became ill after eating raw oysters grown in Samish Bay, Washington. Meal dates ranged from August 2, 2017 and August 14, 2017 and occurred at different restaurants in Seattle, Redmond, and Bow, Washington. Six people were…Read More »

August 17 2017 Outbreak of Suspected Vibrio Parahaemolyticus, Burien, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

Two people became ill with symptoms consistent with vibriosis after consuming raw oysters at a restaurant located in Burien, Washington. The implicated meal date was August 28, 2017. No one was hospitalized and no one died. The oysters were harvested…Read More »

July 17 2017 Outbreak of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Linked to Raw Oysters, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

One person was laboratory confirmed with vibriosis and another person was described as a "probable" case as a result of consuming raw oysters at a meal on July 14, 2017. The oysters were consumed at a restaurant located in Seattle, Washington. No one…Read More »

July 17 2017 July Outbreak of Vibriosis, Salted Sea, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw oysters

In July 2017 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) investigators learned of a second outbreak of vibrio parahaemolyticus linked to raw oysters sold at a Seattle restaurant, Salted Sea. The same restaurant was implicated in an outbreak of vibriosi…Read More »

July 17 2017 Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Elliott's Oyster House, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Raw oysters

Three people who ate raw oysters at Elliott's Oyster House on July 19, 2017 became ill with symptoms consistent with infection with Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The shortest incubation period was 15 hours. The longest incubation period was 24 hours. The …Read More »

June 17 2017 June Outbreak of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus, Salted Sea, Seattle, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

In June 2017 Public Health Seattle King County investigated an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus among patrons of the Salted Sea, a restaurant located in Seattle. Two people from one dinner party became ill after eating raw oysters at the restauran…Read More »

December 16 2016-2017 Vibrio vulnificus Infections Associated with Handling Tilapia from Fish Tanks, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Fish

In 2016-2017 Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC) investigated the source of two reported cases of Vibrio vulnificus. Both case-patients sustained wounds while handling tilapia, a freshwater fish, purchased live from 2 retail fish markets before…Read More »

July 12 Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Linked to Shellfish from Oyster Bay, July 2012

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Shellfish, unspecified

Public health officials closed shellfish harvesting in certain areas of Oyster Bay, New York due to reports of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus in 8 individuals residing in 4 states. Three Nassau County residents became ill after eating raw or partially cook…Read More »

July 12 Vibrio parahaemolyticus linked to oysters sold by Drakes Bay Oyster Company, 2012

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Oysters, raw

Oysters from the Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Marin County, California were linked to an outbreak of vibrio parahaemolyticus in July and August 2012. California Department of Health Services announced that three persons were ill.…Read More »

February 12 Harvest of the Sea Shrimp 2012

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Shrimp

On February 17, Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, alerted the county health department to a patient who had died and who had been infected with Vibrio fulvialsis bacteria. The bacteria is found naturally in many seafoods. The man had consum…Read More »

September 11 2011 Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemoylticus Linked to Oysters Harvested in Hood Canal Area 4, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

An outbreak of Vibio parahaemolyticus was associated with eating oysters harvested from Hood Canal Area 4 in Washington state. The oysters had been harvested between August 30 and September 19 and were subsequently shipped to 23 states and to China,…Read More »

July 11 Manatee County Oysters 2011

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

On July 12, the Manatee County Health Department, Florida, announced that they were investigating a case of Vibrio vulnificus that had been contracted from eating oysters. The exposure location and the source of the oysters were not described.…Read More »

July 11 Washington State Oysters 2011

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

At least 22 people became ill after eating raw oysters containing Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria. The oysters had been harvested from commercial operations(18 people) and recreational oyster beds(4 people) in Puget Sound and on the Washington coast…Read More »

June 10 Spokane Party Crayfish 2010

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Crayfish

Two persons were hospitalized in Spokane, Washington, with infections proved to be caused by Vibrio mimicus. Vibrio mimicus had previously been recognized a cause of gastroenteritis transmitted by various seafood, particularly shellfish. Both perso…Read More »

July 09 Alaska Unknown Location Unknown Vehicle 2009

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

A confirmed outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus occurred in Alaska. Neither the vehicle of infection or the exposure location were described.…Read More »

June 09 2009 Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Linked to Raw Oysters Served at a Restaurant, California

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

A confirmed outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus occurred among people who had eaten raw oysters at a restaurant in California.…Read More »

October 08 2008 Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Linked to Raw Oysters, California

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

Two people developed Vibriosis(Vibrio parahaemolyticus) after eating oysters at a restaurant in California.…Read More »

August 08 Maryland Restaurant Delaware Bay Oysters 2008

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

New Jersey oysters that were served at a Maryland restaurant were implicated in an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The outbreak resulted in the closure of oyster beds. The oysters were traced to the Ship John and Shellrock oyster beds in the u…Read More »

August 06 New York Private Home Raw Clams 2006

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Clams

Two people became ill due to Vibrio parahaemolyticus after eating raw clams in a private home in New York.…Read More »

July 06 2006 Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Linked to Raw Oysters at a Picnic, California

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters, Raw

A confirmed outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus was associated with eating raw oysters at a picnic in California.…Read More »

June 06 2006 Outbreak of Vibriosis, California

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters, Raw

A confirmed outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus was associated with eating raw oysters at a picnic, a restaurant, or a private home in California.…Read More »

May 06 Multistate Raw Shellfish 2006

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters, Crab, Lobster, Scallops, Shrimp

New York, Oregon and Washington reported 177 cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection between May 20 and July 31. One hundred twenty two of the cases were associated with 17 clusters based on epidemiology. Two clusters in New York City were linke…Read More »

October 05 Louisiana Shellfish 2005

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Shellfish, Shrimp Shellfish, Crab

A Louisiana couple, in the aftermath of two hurricanes, developed cholera subsequent to eating locally harvested shellfish. Five days before their illnesses began, both had eaten locally caught crabs. The day before their illnesses began, both had e…Read More »

July 04 2004 Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Infections on a Cruise Ship Alaska

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood Shellfish Oysters

Oysters that were harvested in Alaska and served on a cruise ship during four separate cruises were implicated in an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The genetic strain of Vibrio that had been isolated from the ill persons matched the strain tha…Read More »

July 98 Long Island Sound Raw Shellfish 1998

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, oyster Seafood, Shellfish, clam

A July to September outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections was found to be associated with consumption of raw oysters and clams harvested in Long Island Sound. The New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) began investigating when a New Yo…Read More »

May 97 West Coast U.S. Oysters 1997

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters

The British Columbia Provincial Laboratory detected Vibrio parahaemolyticus from nine patients, more than twice the expected number, in July. The patients had reported that they had eaten oysters within 24 hours prior to becoming ill. Between July …Read More »

May 96 1996 Outbreak of Vibrio vulnificus Linked to Consumption of Raw Oysters, California

  • Organism:
  • Vibrio
  • Vehicle:
  • Shellfish, Oysters

Three deaths related to Vibrio vulnificus caused blood infection were detected in Los Angeles County. These had resulted from the consumption of raw oysters. Vibrio vulnificus had been found in the blood the decedents. Of foodborne infectious dis…Read More »

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