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Foodborne Illness Surveillance

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The Foodborne Illness Surveillance program is responsible for the surveillance and investigation of foodborne outbreaks and illnesses occurring in the District of Columbia. Foodborne illnesses are a major public health concern. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Each year 1 in 6 Americans gets sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages
  • Each year about 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die
  • More than 250 different foodborne illnesses have been described
  • Most of these illnesses are infections caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites

When a foodborne illness outbreak is detected, DC Health works with the DC Public Health Laboratory to collect as much information as quickly as possible to find out what is causing the illnesses and to take action to prevent more people from getting ill. View additional information about foodborne illness outbreaks.

Reporting a Foodborne Illness

Public: To report a foodborne illness, please contact the Division of Epidemiology-Disease Surveillance and Investigation at [email protected] or (202) 442-9021.

Healthcare Providers: To report a foodborne illness to DC Health, please complete the Notifiable Disease and Condition Case Report Form.  You may also contact the Division of Epidemiology- Disease Surveillance and Investigation at (202) 442-9021.


Additional Resources

Service Details: 
Service Contact: 
Center for Policy, Planning and Evaluation Division of Epidemiology-Disease Surveillance and Investi
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
Contact Fax: 
(202) 442-8060
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
6th Floor
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE