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Welcome to, a searchable database of illness outbreaks caused by one or more of the following

1. consumption of contaminated foods or beverages,

2. exposure to animals,

3. exposure to contaminated recreational water,

4. person-to-person contact with someone whose illness initiated from animal exposure or consumption of contaminated foods and beverages.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines an outbreak as “two or more ill persons linked to a common source” and this serves as the basis of To be included in, the outbreak must have supporting documentation from public health agencies, journal articles, media reports, etc. Names of stores, brands, restaurants, or other sources are listed if they have been publicly identified previously.

The database is a work in progress. It will continually be updated and revised. Significant effort has been made to ensure the data are accurate. We welcome contributions, corrections, comments, etc.