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 18 2018 Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Johnston County Hams, North Carolina and Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Vehicle:
  • Ham

On October 4, 2018, federal health and regulatory officials announced an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to ready-to-eat deli ham produced by Johnston County Hams, Inc. a total of 4 cases were identified in North Carolina and Vi…Read More »

July 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Sterling, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Ill food handler

The Loudoun County Health Department reported that more than 135 people were sickened after eating food from the Chipotle Mexican Grill located at 21031 Tripleseven Road in Sterling, Virginia. The first reports of illness occurred on July 13, 2017. T…Read More »

February 17 2017 Norovirus Caused by Catered Box Lunches, Richmond, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Ill food handler

Between January 31 and February 3, 2017 a food prepared by a Richmond caterer providing approximately 600 orders at 28 events was implicated in a multidistrict outbreak of norovirus in Virginia. Food served at 19 events resulted in gastrointestinal i…Read More »

February 16 2016 Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens, Thomas Jefferson Health District, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Vehicle:
  • Ramen

In February 2016 investigators at the Thomas Jefferson Health District (Virginia) investigated an outbreak of Clostridium perfringens among individuals who attended a special "Ramen Night" at a local restaurant. Among 30 restaurant patrons with diarr…Read More »

December 16 2016 Five Norovirus Outbreaks Linked to Rustic Local Venue, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • private well

In the fall of 2016 the Central Shenandoah Health District (Virginia) staff investigated outbreaks of norovirus linked to five events held at a local rustic venue. CSHD conducted an epidemiologic, environmental health, and laboratory investigation to…Read More »

July 15 2015 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis After Exposure to Ill Calves, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • animal contact

In July 2015 the Thomas Jefferson Health District in Virginia investigated an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in 14 persons who reported contact with calves from one goat farm. Stool samples were collected from ill humans and calves. Four human specime…Read More »

August 09 2009 Outbreak of Campylobacter at a Mexican Restaurant - Henrico and Chickahominy Health Districts

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Unknown

In august 2009 local and state health department staff in Virginia investigated an outbreak of campylobacter linked to food prepared by a Mexican restaurant. Illnesses occurred in two clusters. Patients in the first cluster attended a wedding recepti…Read More »

July 09 2009 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at a Private Home, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs Grains, Pasta Dishes, Lasagna

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was associated with eating lasagna at a private home in Virginia. The lasagna was made with egg; egg was named as the contaminated ingredient.…Read More »

February 08 2008 Outbreak of Norovirus at a Banquet Facility, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Breads or Bakery, Doughnuts, English muffins, cinnamon twists, bagels Water, Ice, Iced Tea

A confirmed outbreak of Norovirus occurred among people who had eaten or drank doughnuts, English muffins, cinnamon twists, bagels, or iced tea while at a banquet facility in Virginia.…Read More »

February 06 2006 Salmonella Typhimurium at a Virginia Prison

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Poultry, Turkey

A confirmed outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium was linked to eating turkey at a Chesterfield County, Virginia, correctional facility. The contaminated vehicle was turkey.…Read More »

April 01 2001 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Associated with Linh's Bakery, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle:
  • Eggs, Egg Sauce Cross Contamination

Numerous reports of Salmonella Enteriditis from emergency rooms throughout Henrico County, Virginia, were made in early April, 2001. Many patients had eaten the pork sandwich from Linh's Bakery in Richmond, Virginia. Investigators tested the sandwi…Read More »

June 97 1997 Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospororiasis Linked to Fresh Basil at Catered Luncheons

  • Organism:
  • Cyclospora
  • Vehicle:
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Basil

A gourmet caterer that had nine stores in the northern Virginia-DC-Baltimore, Maryland metropolitan area was associated with outbreaks of cyclospora. Groups of persons developed cyclosporiasis after group luncheons. Eating dishes that contained fre…Read More »

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