Email of the day.  This time I’ll be a bit more responsible.

The Baltimore City Health Department and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene continue to investigate an outbreak of gastroenteritis at the Baltimore Convention Center during the Food Safety Summit on April 8-10, 2014.  Currently, there are over 100 reported illnesses, mostly self-limited diarrhea.  We have heard from about 400 of approximately 1300 attendees.  There have been no associated hospitalizations or deaths reported.  We are working on evaluating possible exposures and doing testing at the Maryland state public health laboratory to attempt to identify an agent.  At the conclusion of the investigation, a summary report will be available.

If you did not have the opportunity to respond to the previous online survey before it was closed and would still like to, we have opened another link.  To protect the integrity of the data, please do not distribute this link or password to those who did not attend the Food Safety Summit.

If you have already completed the previous survey, please do not complete this one (the questions are the same).


If you have questions about the investigation, please contact the Division of Outbreak Investigation at 410-767-6700 or by email at

Thank you,

Division of Outbreak Investigation
Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Outbreak Response
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 W. Preston Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Office:  410-767-6700
Fax:  410-669-4215