Featured Exhibit: Foundation Farm Raw Milk
2012  Oregon outbreak of E. coli O157:H7
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  Oregon outbreak of E. coli O157:H7
This investigation implicated strawberries from a local Oregon farmer as the source of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Milk Crates, Cartons & Jugs
2010  outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup
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 on their way to be loaded up with cartons of milk.  Read More
Featured Exhibit: Lian How White Pepper
2009 multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Rissen
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 Washington and Idaho).  Read More
Featured Exhibit: Bagged Spinach
2006 multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7
This outbreak highlighted Inter-state health department cooperation. Using their homegrown "Shotgun" hypothesis-generating questionnaire, Oregon epidemiologists identified that 4 out of 5 cases in Oregon consumed bagged spinach.  Read More

Featured Exhibit: Cal-Farms Parsley
2005 Oregon outbreak of E. coli O157:H7
This 2005 McGrath's Fish House outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections was traced back to parsley from Cal-Farms.  The journey to finding the source was interesting: 206 people interviewed, 64 ill people, extremely muddy field conditions, cattle near the flooded parsley fields, and even evidence of heavy deer presence.  Read More
Featured Exhibit: Paramount & Raw Almonds
2004 outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis
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 Sprouts
1999  outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka
This was the largest "sproutbreak" of foodborne salmonellosis in Oregon since the multi-state and multi-national 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 Oregon outbreak of E. coli O157:H7
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 outbreak of E. coli O157
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: Cake Batter Ice Cream
2005 OR 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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