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Yuck Line 907-764-9825

Why Should I Call the Yuck-Line?

Your call to the Yuck-line will help us identify foodborne and waterborne illness outbreaks in Alaska, and it helps prevent the spread of illness to others.

What Do I Need to Know Before I Call?

Before you call, you should know:

  • Foodborne illness often occurs 1 to 4 days after eating contaminated foods.
  • Waterborne illness usually occurs 2 to 14 days after contact with contaminated water.
  • The interview will take 20 to 30 minutes and includes questions about your illness symptoms.
  • Yuck-line staff will ask you about foods eaten and where you ate them; it is helpful if you can remember foods from 4 days before your illness began.
  • Yuck-line staff will also ask if you drank any well water or went swimming in the 2 weeks before your illness.
  • All information we collect about your illness is private. We will not release your name to anyone outside the public health system without your permission.

How Do I Report a Suspected Foodborne Illness?

  • Call or text the Yuck-line at 907-764-9825 (YUCK); the line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (not including holidays). For Anchorage area only call 907-343-4200.
  • If someone is not available to take your call, please leave a confidential voice message with your name and daytime telephone number. We will return all messages left after normal business hours the next working day.
  • You may also email your illness report to ak.food.poisoning@alaska.gov. Please include your name and daytime telephone number in your message.
  • You can also file a report online at http://dec.alaska.gov/eh/fss/forms/report-foodborne-illness.

What Happens After I Call?

After your interview we will investigate the suspected source of illness and take steps to prevent further or repeated spread.