DPH: Foodborne Outbreak Investigations in Connecticut


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The Connecticut Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program collaborates with state partners, local health departments in CT, other state health departments, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to detect, investigate, control, and prevent foodborne disease outbreaks.

 

Connecticut participates in the CDC’s Foodborne Diseases Centers for Outbreak Response Enhancement (FoodCORE). The centers work together to develop new and better methods to detect, investigate, respond to, and control multistate outbreaks of foodborne diseases. Since 2012, Connecticut FoodCORE has hired students to provide additional epidemiologic capacity.


Outbreak Data


The CDC captures national foodborne outbreak data from local and state public health departments then analyzes and makes it publicly available online using the Foodborne Outbreak Online Database (FOOD Tool).  


Additional information concerning collected data can be found on the following webpages: 


Annual Summaries of Foodborne Outbreaks 


Foodborne Disease Outbreaks - The 3 Types of Data Used to Link Illnesses to Contaminated Foods and Solve Outbreaks


Publications That Contain Data from the Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System, 2008-2014 


Report to the Joint Standing Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly Having Cognizance of Matters Relating to Public Health - Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Originating from Public Eating Places - July 1, 2016


Surveillance for Foodborne Disease Outbreaks 


 

Selected Outbreak Investigation Summaries by Year


2017

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni Infections Linked to Pet Turtles, 2017


Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigations - United States, 2017


Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson Infections Linked to Imported Maradol Papayas

Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks, 2017

Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Soft Raw Milk Cheese Made by Vulto Creamery

 

2016

Notes from the Field: Clostridium perfringens Outbreak at a Catered Lunch - Connecticut, September 2016


Notes from the Field: Outbreak of Escherichia coli O157 Infections Associated with Goat Dairy Farm Visits - Connecticut, 2016


Investigation of Salmonellosis Among Attendees of a Pig Roast, Connecticut, 2016


Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Live Poultry in Backyard Flocks


Multistate Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Beef Produced by Adams Farm 


An Outbreak of Escherichia coli O121 Involving a Common Food Service Establishment, Connecticut, April - May 2016

 

Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Frozen Vegetables

 

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Montevideo and Salmonella Senftenberg Infections Linked to Wonderful Pistachios

 

Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Packaged Salads Produced at Springfield, Ohio Dole Processing Facility

 

2015

An Outbreak of Norovirus Among Students and Staff of an Academic Institution - Connecticut, October 2015

 

An Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Involving a Common Food Service Establishment - Connecticut, April 2015

 

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Poona Infections Linked to Imported Cucumbers

 

Multistate Outbreak of Drug-Resistant Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Raw, Frozen, Stuffed Chicken Entrees Produced by Barber Foods

 

2014

An Outbreak of Norovirus Involving Multiple Events and a Common Food Service Establishment - Connecticut, September 2014

 

Investigation of a Norovirus Outbreak at a Summer Camp - Connecticut, 2014

 

Outbreak of Salmonella Associated with a Restaurant-Connecticut, May 2014

 

Outbreak of Salmonella Newport Infections Linked to Cucumbers — United States, 2014

 

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Bean Sprouts

 

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Infections Linked to Nut Butter Manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc.

 

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Organic Sprouted Chia Powder

 

2013

Krasnitski J, Phan Q, Mullins J, et al. A Tale of Two Receptions: Two Norovirus Outbreaks at a Banquet Facility-Connecticut, 2013. International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2015 poster and oral presentation abstracts. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Sep. Pages 312-3 https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/pdfs/ICEID2015.pdf.

Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Associated with Raw Shellfish Consumption, Connecticut, June-October 2013

 

Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections Linked to Foster Farms Brand Chicken

 

Increase in Vibrio parahaemolyticus illnesses associated with consumption of shellfish from several Atlantic coast harvest areas, United States, 2013

 

Cyclosporiasis Outbreak Investigations — United States, 2013

 

2012

Investigation of a Norovirus Outbreak in a Connecticut University, 2012

 

Investigation of Two Multistate Outbreaks of Salmonellosis, Connecticut, 2012

 

Multistate Outbreak of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Organic Spinach and Spring Mix Blend

 

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney Infections Linked to Peanut Butter Manufactured By Sunland, Inc.

 

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly and Salmonella Nchanga Infections Associated with a Raw Scraped Ground Tuna Product

  

Other Resources and Helpful Sites

 

For local health departments

 

For the medical community (physicians, hospitals, laboratories)

Disease reporting requirements/forms


Suspected foodborne outbreaks are Category 1 reportable condition. If you suspect a foodborne outbreak, contact:

  • Your local health department

  • The Connecticut Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program (860-509-7994)                      

For the public

 If you have a complaint about a food service establishment, contact:










To contact the Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program, please call 860-509-7994.

 





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