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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.