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Chicken Liver Campylobacter

Outbreak: Chicken Liver Campylobacter
Product: Chicken LiversInvestigation Start Date: 1/10/2014
Location: Multi-StateEtiology: Campylobacter jejuni
Earliest known case onset date: 12/5/2013Latest case onset date: 12/24/2013
Confirmed/Presumptive Case Count: 4 / 2Positive Food Samples: 5
Six cases from three different states developed gastrointestinal illness after consuming under-cooked chicken livers. Most cases ate chicken liver made into pâté, but one case ate frozen raw chicken liver, based on her naturopath’s advice. All livers came from Draper Valley Farms in Washington State.

Holiday Lunch Buffet

Outbreak: Holiday Lunch Buffet
Product: Sliced Turkey MeatInvestigation Start Date: 12/10/2014
Location: Maitland, FloridaEtiology: Staphylococcus aureus & Bacillus cereus
Earliest known case onset date: 12/10/2014Latest case onset date: 12/11/2014
Confirmed/Presumptive Case Count: 6 / 135Positive Food Samples: 7
Hospitalizations: 8Deaths: 0
An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, which sickened 141 persons, was caused by sliced turkey contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxins served during a catered holiday lunch buffet at a multi-business office complex in Maitland, Florida on December 10, 2014. The outbreak, initially reported to the Florida Department of Health in Orange … Continue Reading ››

IOM Trivia contest rules

A chance to win prizes while spreading food safety awareness? YES!
1) An individual can win one prize each day. 2) If you win a prize, you are ineligible to win again that day. 3) If you were one of the 10 winners from last week's giveaway, you CAN still participate in … Continue Reading ››

T-shirt Giveaway Rules

This giveaway will run from July 4th to July 10th. To enter, you must: (1) FOLLOW our Twitter account: @outbreakmuseum (2) RETWEET the giveaway tweet (3) REPLY and tag the Twitter account name of whomever told you about the contest. If no one referred you to the contest, no reply is necessary. At this time … Continue Reading ››

Colorado Cantaloupe Listeria

Outbreak: Colorado Cantaloupe Listeria
Product: Jensen Farms (Colorado) “Rocky Ford” cantaloupeInvestigation Start Date: 8/29/2011
Location: Multi-stateEtiology: Listeria monocytogenes
Earliest known case onset date: 7/31/2011Latest case onset date: 10/27/2011
Confirmed Case Count: 147Positive Environmental/Food Samples: 12 / 22
Hospitalizations: 143Deaths: 33
In 2011 a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infected 147 people, including 143 hospitalizations and 33 deaths. Illnesses were associated with Colorado cantaloupes marketed as “Rocky Ford” grown at Jensen Farms.

Tennessee Mountain Lodge

Outbreak: Tennessee Mountain Lodge
Product: Canned Beef in GravyInvestigation Start Date: 6/30/2010
Location: Multi-stateEtiology: Clostridium perfringens & Staphylococcus aureus
Earliest known case onset date: 6/19/2010Latest case onset date: 6/23/2010
Confirmed / Presumptive Case Count: 1/52Positive Environmental Samples: 0
A suspected outbreak of foodborne illness was reported at a lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Set meals are served at the lodge at 6 pm and 8 am, each consisting of multiple canned/packaged items. The lodge is reached by rugged foot trails and provisions for … Continue Reading ››

Colorado Polka Festival

Outbreak: Polka Festival C. perfringens
Product: Catered dinner (mashed potatoes, beef brisket, gravy, rolls, and holuski)Investigation Start Date: 3/14/2011
Location: El Paso County, ColoradoEtiology: Clostridium perfringens
Earliest known case onset date: 3/11/2011Latest case onset date: 3/13/2011
Confirmed / Presumptive Case Count: 3 / 27Positive Environmental Samples: N/A
A cluster of gastrointestinal illnesses due to Clostridium perfringens intoxication occurred following a catered dinner at a Polka Festival in El Paso County, Colorado on March 11-13, 2011. The caterer for this event was unlicensed, prepared all foods in their private home, and did not document food temperatures.

E. coli O157:H7 Hazelnuts

Outbreak: E. coli O157:H7 Hazelnuts
Product: HazelnutsInvestigation Start Date: 02/07/2011
Location: Multi-StateEtiology: E. coli (STEC) O157:H7
Earliest known case onset date: 12/20/2010Latest case onset date: 01/28/2011
Confirmed / Presumptive Case Count: 8 / 0Positive Samples (Food): 22
Eight outbreak cases of lab-confirmed E. coli O157:H7 were identified in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Initial, hypothesis generating interviews identified in-shell mixed nuts as a common exposure, specifically in-shell hazelnuts. A traceback investigation confirmed that the in-shell hazelnuts consumed by cases came from a common distributor which resulted in a … Continue Reading ››

Hip-hop Measles

Outbreak: Hip-hop Measles
Product: N/AInvestigation Start Date: 5/27/2007
Location: Lane County, OregonEtiology: Measles
Earliest known case onset date: 5/20/2007Latest case onset date: 6/5/2007
Confirmed / Presumptive Case Count: 2 / 1Positive Environmental Samples: N/A
Hospitalizations: 2Deaths: 0
In 2007, two cases of measles detected in Oregon (both unvaccinated) led to an investigation of potential exposures within a hospital and the community at large. This investigation cost approximately $170,000 across local and state health departments, and the related medical system, highlighting the costs associated with measles contact investigation.

Museum Exhibit Contest

Welcome, citizen, to the Museum's first outbreak submission contest!

Submit a significant or interesting outbreak investigation and you may win official International Outbreak Museum T-shirts! The winning outbreak investigation submission will also become an official online exhibit right here on the Museum website.

   To download these … Continue Reading ››