Featured Exhibit: Foundation Farm Raw Milk

2012  multiple county Oregon E. coli O157:H7 outbreak 
This outbreak was important because it further highlights the dangers of raw milk consumption, which is already well-documented in scholarly journals.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Berry Stand Strawberries

2011 multiple county Oregon E. coli O157:H7 outbreak
This investigation implicated strawberries from a local Oregon farmer as the source of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infection. Epidemiologists investigated the fields and found them to be contaminated with deer feces.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Milk Crates, Cartons, Jugs

2010 Roseburg, Oregon Salmonella Braenderup outbreak
This outbreak had a surprising twist: the milk itself was never contaminated!  Rather, the problem stemmed from the milk crate washer machine on the roof of the Umpqua plant, where crates were contaminated.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Lian How White Pepper

2009 multi-state Salmonella Rissen outbreak
Salmonella Rissen is a very rare serotype in the US.  When Oregon, California, and Nevada all reported it within days of each other, it began a coordinated investigation between those states (later to be joined by WA and ID).  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Bagged Spinach

2006 multi-state E. coli O157:H7 outbreak
This outbreak highlighted Inter-state health department cooperation. Using their homegrown "Shotgun" hypothesis-generating questionnaire, OR epidemiologists identified that 4 in 5 cases in OR consumed bagged spinach.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Cal-Farms Parsley

2005 Deschutes County, Oregon E. coli O157:H7 outbreak
This McGrath's Fish House outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections was traced back to parsley from Cal-Farms. 206 people interviewed, 64 ill people, and extremely muddy field conditions. Read more

Featured Exhibit: Paramount & Raw Almonds

2004 multi-state Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak
The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory identified a cluster of five patients infected with Salmonella Enteritidis from four different counties.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Hydro-Harvest Alfalfa Sprouts

1999 multi-state Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak
This was the largest "sproutbreak" of foodborne salmonellosis in Oregon since the multinational outbreak of Salmonella Newport in 1996, in which alfalfa sprouts were also implicated as the vehicle of transmission. Read More

Featured Exhibit: Venison Jerky

1995 Benton County, Oregon E. coli O157:H7 outbreak
At a time when ground beef was thought to be the source of all foodborne E. coli O157 infections, this was the first documentation of venison-associated E. coli O157:H7 outbreak.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Frozen Oysters

2006 Oregon outbreak of norovirus
Over 25,000 pounds of product from the same lot was embargoed by the FDA, which was then considering further restrictions on this type of product, which had been imported from Korea.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Jack In The Box Hamburgers

1993 Oregon E. coli O157:H7 outbreak
This was the largest outbreak of E. coli O157 infections ever documented in the United States.  It injected this pathogen, and threats to food safety in general, into popular consciousness.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Cold Stone Cake Batter Ice Cream

2005 Oregon outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium
The vehicle for this outbreak was ice cream made with a contaminated cake mix ingredient. Four patients reported eating cake batter flavor ice cream from two separate outlets of Cold Stone Creamery.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Sally Jackson Cheese

2010 Multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:NM
An outbreak of E. Coli O157:NM led to a recall and eventual permanent closure of a respected Pacific NW cheesemaker: Sally Jackson Cheese. Read More

Featured Exhibit: Salmonella and Backyard Poultry

2015 Multi-state outbreak of Salmonella
In January 2015, a coast to coast outbreak infected 252 people with four different strains of Salmonella infections: Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Hadar, Salmonella Indiana, and Salmonella München. Read More

Welcome to the IOM!

The International Outbreak Museum is the culmination of one man's career-long quest to document over three decades of infectious disease outbreak investigations. Outbreak exhibits consist of pictures, data, questionnaires, narratives, and historical context. We welcome you to peruse the exhibits, read about the museum's founder and original curator, and even submit an exhibit from your own outbreak investigation.



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