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CDC: 1 in 6 Americans Got Food Poisoning in 2013

 
CDC: 1 in 6 Americans Got Food Poisoning in 2013
Posted Saturday, April 19th 2014 @ 5am  by KTRH's Theran Nicholas

The Centers for Disease Control say foodborne illness is still a major problem in the U.S.

Their new "Incidence and Trends of Infections with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food" report shows a mixed bag of results for last year.  Some gains were made in reducing infections but losses were made in other infections.

Dr. Robert Tauxe is the Deputy Director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases says plenty of Americans got sick from food in 2013, "We estimate that each year, 1 in 6 people in the United States gets sick from eating contaminated food."

The report shows a 9% decrease in the number of cases of salmonella last year, but the total number is still well above their goal of around 11 cases per 100,000 people by 2020.

The worst news seemed to be focused on shellfish eaters as the number of cases of infection from vibrio rose again and are now the highest the CDC has ever seen since they began tracking the disease in 1996.  So it seems eating raw shellfish has never been more risky.

Overall the most common foodborne illness continues to be salmonella which accounted for over 38% of all food infections.  The CDC's infection reporting system FoodNet recorded over 19,000 infections, 4,200 hospitalizations, and 80 deaths from foodborne illnesses out of 48 million people in 10 states.

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