The International Outbreak Museum

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: Backyard Poultry Salmonella
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
Featured Exhibit: Hip-Hop Measles
2007 Lane County, Oregon outbreak of Measles
Two cases of measles (both unvaccinated) led to a cost of approximately $170,000 across local and state health departments and the related medical system.  Read More
Featured Exhibit: Raw Flour E. coli
2016 Multi-state E. coli outbreak
63 people infected with E. coli were reported across 24 states, with symptoms serious enough to hospitalize seventeen.  Read More
Featured Exhibit: Diaper Changing Station Noro
2012 Washington County, OR norovirus outbreak
Appearances were deceiving in what seemed to be a standard foodborne point-source outbreak from a restaurant. Read More
Featured Exhibit: Hubbard Splash Fountain
2003 Marion County, OR Shigella outbreak
Investigation of an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that erupted among children in a small community in Oregon. Read More
Featured Exhibit: Shopping Bag Norovirus
2010 Single County, OR norovirus outbreak
Health officials made a rare discovery with this outbreak by identifying a reusable shopping bag as the vehicle for norovirus. Read More
Featured Exhibit: Listeria Soft Cheese
2013 Multi-state Listeria outbreak
This investigation resulted in perhaps the fastest identification of a commercially distributed food vehicle of a listeriosis outbreak.  Read More
Featured Exhibit: Hazelnut E. coli
2011 Multi-state E. coli O157:H7 outbreak
This investigation showcased rapid collaboration between multiple state health departments and state departments of agriculture.  Read More
Featured Exhibit: TN Mountain Lodge
2010 Multi-state Clostridium perfringens outbreak
A 2010 outbreak of Clostridium perfringens & Staphylococcus aureus from canned beef at a hard-to-reach mountain lodge. Read More
Featured Exhibit: Polka Festival C. perfringens
2011 Colorado Clostridium perfringens outbreak
A cluster of illnesses due to Clostridium perfringens intoxication occurring following a catered dinner at a polka festival. Read More
Featured Exhibit: CO Cantaloupe Listeria
2011 Colorado Listeria monocytogenes outbreak
In 2011 a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infected 147 people, including 143 hospitalizations and 33 deaths. Read More
Featured Exhibit: Angus Beef Patties
2007 Multi-state E. coli O157:H7 outbreak
This 2007 E. coli outbreak investigation resulted in the recall of nearly one million pounds of ground beef. Read More
Featured Exhibit: Chicken Liver Campylobacter
2013 Multi-state Campylobacter jejuni outbreak
Six cases from three different states developed gastrointestinal illness after consuming under-cooked chicken livers. Read More
Featured Exhibit: Holiday Lunch Buffet
2014 Florida Staphylococcus aureus & Bacillus cereus outbreak
141 were sickened in this gastrointestinal illness outbreak caused by lunch buffet turkey contaminated by Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxins. 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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