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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September 17 2017 Outbreak of STEC O121 at an Athletic Center, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Non-O157 STEC
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

In September 2017 Colorado public health officials investigated an outbreak of E. coli O121 associated with recreational swimming at Villa Sport Athletic Center located in Colorado Springs. Three confirmed cases and three primary cases all went to th…Read More »

May 17 2017 Outbreak of Norovirus at Multiple Outdoor Festivals, Pennsylvania

  • Organism:
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle:
  • Water

In June 2017 the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDOH) was notified of acute gastrointestinal illness among attendees of a festival held at Venue A. Additional cases were identified from two additional Venue A festivals held in May 31-June 18. Soc…Read More »

February 17 2017 Outbreak of Campylobacteriosis Associated with Contaminated Municipal Water Supply, Nebraska

  • Organism:
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle:
  • Drinking water

In March 2017, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) and the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department investigated an outbreak of Campylobacter jenjuni infections. Overall, 39 cases were investigated, including 6 confirmed a…Read More »

July 16 2016 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis at a Public Pool, Colorado

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • recreational water

In the summer of 2016 public health officials in Colorado investigated an outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis at a public pool owned and operated by the City and County of Broomfield. Dates of exposure ranged from July 24, 2016 to August 4, 2016. Four peop…Read More »

July 15 2015 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis at a Campground, Virginia

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

In July 2015 Lord Fairfax Health District (LFHD) officials investigated an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infections among campers at a local campground. LFHD used an electronic survey to conduct a retrospective cohort study of affected campers. Stool s…Read More »

July 13 Outbreak of Shigella Sonnei following lake exposure, Rhode Island - July 2013

  • Organism:
  • Shigella sonnei
  • Vehicle:
  • recreational water

The Rhode Island Department of Health investigated 134 cases of Shigella Sonnei in individuals who swam at Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville on July 4, 2013. An additional 14 cases of shigellosis were reported in people who swam at Wallum Lake in ear…Read More »

July 13 2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Swimming in Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water

In July 2013 state health officials in Minnesota identified three cases of E. coli O157 illness in Minnesotans linked to swimming in the Big Island area of Lake Minnetonka. The illnesses occurred in young adults, and all were residents of the seven-c…Read More »

July 12 2012 Waterborne Outbreak of Shigellosis, Clark County, Washington

  • Organism:
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle:
  • Recreational water, person-to-person

In July 2012 Clark County (Washington) Public Health investigated an outbreak of Shigella linked to water exposure at a public swimming area and childcare facilities. In total there were 24 cases (4 confirmed, 13 probable, and 7 suspect). Of these 19…Read More »

March 12 2012 Outbreak of Cryptosporidosis Associated with Hotel Waterpark, Baxter, Minnesota

  • Organism:
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle:
  • recreational water

In March 2012 Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) staff investigated an outbreak of Cryptosporidium infections among users of a waterpark located in Baxter, Minnesota. Illness histories and exposure information was obtained from 118 waterpark guests…Read More »

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