Foodborne Disease Data

Disease Fact Sheets

Foodborne diseases are caused by various “bad bugs”, otherwise referred to as pathogens.  Included among the types of different pathogens are bacteria, viruses and parasites.  Below is a list of  foodborne diseases, divided by pathogen type:

 Bacteria:  Viruses: 
 Botulism  Hepatitis A
 Campylobacteriosis  Norovirus (formerly called Norwalk-like Virus)
 Cholera
 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC)  Parasites:
 Listeriosis  Amebiasis (Amebic Dysentery)
 Salmonellosis  Cryptosporidiosis
 Shigellosis  Cyclosporiasis
 Typhoid Fever  Giardiasis
 Vibrio vulnificus Infection  Trichinellosis (Trichinosis)
 Yersiniosis

Virginia Foodborne Disease Outbreak Reports

Per state law, all outbreaks, including those that are foodborne, are reportable in Virginia. The VDH Office of Epidemiology’s Division of Surveillance and Investigation monitors all outbreaks in the Commonwealth. Annual reports are derived from their surveillance efforts. It is important to know that these reports house data not only foodborne outbreaks but on all reportable illnesses. To navigate to the Foodborne Disease Outbreak specific information follow the steps below:

Annual Reports → Find the appropriate year → Descriptive Epidemiology of Reportable Diseases and Selected Maps → Outbreaks → Scroll to find “Foodborne Outbreaks” in each report

National Foodborne Disease Outbreak Reports

For national foodborne outbreak data, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.