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NEW! CDC’s FOOD tool has been updated with 2013 outbreak data. Did you know you can search the data to find outbreaks by year, state, location, and pathogen?

Welcome to the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD) tool. The FOOD tool is a web-based platform for searching CDC's Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System database. FOOD provides access to national information and is intended to be used for limited descriptive summaries of outbreak data. For a listing and more detailed information about select outbreaks where CDC was the lead public health agency, visit the Selected Multistate Foodborne Outbreak Investigations page.

Please see the FOOD FAQ and Foodborne Outbreak Tracking and Reporting web site for more information.

Disclaimer: This site was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System data more available to the public and stakeholders. CDC uses more detailed information for its analyses of the causes and risk factors of foodborne disease outbreaks.
Years: All; States: All; Location of Consumption: All; Etiology (Genus Only): All;

YearMonthStateGenus SpeciesSerotype or GenotypeEtiology StatusLocation of ConsumptionTotal IllTotal HospitalizationTotal DeathFood VehicleContaminated Ingredient
1998JuneWashington   Private Home2  chicken, unspecified 
1998AugustWashingtonVibrio parahaemolyticus ConfirmedRestaurant - other or unknown type200oysters, unspecified 
1998SeptemberVermontSalmonella entericaEnteritidisConfirmedOther400  
1998OctoberTexasHepatitis A Confirmed 29  strawberries 
1998SeptemberTexasVibrio parahaemolyticus Suspected 8  oysters, raw 
1998AugustTexas    7  seafood, unspecified 
1998AugustTexas    60    
1998AugustTexas    8    
1998AugustTexasStaphylococcus aureus Confirmed 225  ham salad 
1998JulyTexas    3    
1998JulyTexas    6    
1998JulyTexas    19    
1998JulyTexas    4    
1998JuneTexasE.coli, Shiga toxin-producingO157:H7Confirmed 23  hot dog, unspecified 
1998JuneTexasSalmonella entericaTyphimuriumConfirmed 20    
1998JuneTexas   Restaurant - other or unknown type2    
1998JuneTexas    2    
1998MayTexas    5    
1998MayTexas   School141    
1998MayTexasClostridium perfringens Confirmed 50  beef, brisket; sausage, unspecified 
*Data available via the FOOD originate from a dynamic outbreak surveillance database. Reporting agencies (state, local, territorial, and tribal health departments, and CDC) can modify their reports at any time, even months or years after an outbreak. Therefore, results from Foodborne Outbreak Online Database are subject to change. The searchable Foodborne Outbreak Online Database database was last updated on 5/1/2015; this date is recorded in the "LastTransferDate" field in the downloaded file.
**The FOOD tool includes both single and multistate outbreaks. Multistate outbreaks are listed as "Multistate outbreak reported by CDC" in the "State" column of the results. A multistate outbreak is defined as one in which exposures occurred in more than one state; an outbreak affecting residents of more than one state because of exposures in a single state is considered a single state outbreak. A search for outbreaks in a specific state will return all single state outbreaks reported by that state and all multistate outbreaks involving that state. CDC staff are currently validating and correcting past multistate outbreak reports so the state assignments of some outbreaks might change.
***Downloaded files from FOOD tool are provided in XML format to allow use with multiple software programs. XML files can be viewed directly in Access1 or Excel2, and can be read by analytical software such as SAS3, SPSS4, and STATA5. Consult the software provider's customer support materials for directions on importing XML files into these or other software programs.
If you have any questions regarding this tool, please contact The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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