Foodborne Outbreaks

During a multistate foodborne disease outbreak, CDC serves as lead coordinator between public health partners to detect the outbreak, define its size and extent, and to identify the source.

Public health officials investigate outbreaks to control them, so more people do not get sick in the outbreak, and to learn how to prevent similar outbreaks from happening in the future.

List of Selected Multistate Foodborne Outbreak Investigations

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Read About An E. coli Outbreak Linked to Ground Bison Produced by Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc.

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Read About a Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats

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Read About a Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cavi Brand Whole, Fresh Papayas

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Read About Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Backyard Poultry

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Read About a Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli-Sliced Meats and Cheeses

Types of Data Used to Solve Outbreaks infographic

Types of Data Used to Solve Outbreaks

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CDC in Action: Foodborne Outbreaks
Preventing Outbreaks

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Outbreak investigations play a key role in preventing future outbreaks.

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