Foodborne Outbreak Investigations in Connecticut
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.
captures national foodborne outbreak data from local and state public health
departments then analyzes and makes it publicly available online using the National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) Dashboard.
Additional information concerning collected data can be found on the following webpages:
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
Selected Outbreak Investigation Summaries by Year
Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Kiambu and Salmonella Thompson Infections Linked to Imported Maradol Papayas
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.
Other Resources and Helpful Sites
For local health departments
- CT Reportable Infectious Diseases Reference Manual
- USDA Resources for Public Health Partners: Foodborne Illness Investigation (USDA-FSIS)
For the medical community (physicians, hospitals, laboratories)
Suspected foodborne outbreaks are Category 1 reportable condition. If you suspect a foodborne outbreak, contact:
For the public
- A-Z Index for Foodborne Illness (CDC)
- USDA Recalls and Public Health Alerts (USDA-FSIS)
- FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts (FDA)
If you have a complaint about a food service establishment, contact:
- Your local health department
- The Connecticut Department of Public Health, Food Protection Program (860-509-7297)
To contact the Epidemiology and Emerging Infections Program, please call 860-509-7994.