December 15th, 2010
03:22 PM ET
CDC: 1 in 6 Americans get food poisoning annually
About 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne illness each year according to the first new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1999.
According to CDC’s 2011 Estimates of Foodborne Disease, 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from known and unknown bacteria, viruses and microbes each year resulting in about 128,000 hospitalizations and about 3,000 deaths. This new data was released by the CDC online Wednesday (the two reports summarizing their results will be published in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Disease Journal in January, which is why the numbers are called “2011 estimates”).
"Fewer people are getting sick from the foods that they eat" says Dr. Chris Braden, the CDC’s Acting Director for the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.
However, Braden emphasizes that the burden of people getting sick from foodborne illness is still substantial and more needs to be done to bring the illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths down. He notes that the cost associated with these illnesses is in the billions of dollars.
These two reports estimate that 31 different bugs are to blame for about 9.4 million people getting sick from the food they eat. Still, about 38.4 million Americans get sick from still unknown pathogens according to this new data.
Norovirus, which is often blamed for outbreaks on cruise ships and nursing homes for example, is said to cause about 60% of food poisoning related illnesses and salmonella is the leading cause of hospitalizations according to Braden.
The bacteria Campylobacter, Listeria, E. coli 0157, the parasite that causes Toxoplasmosis, and Clostridium perfringen, which according to the FDA is often nicknamed ‘cafeteria germ” also are listed as the most common cause of food poisonings according to the CDC.
Braden says more needs to be done to reduce the foodborne illness numbers. "If we could reduce food borne illness by just 1%, we would keep about half a million people from getting sick from foods they eat."
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which, along with the Department of Agriculture, is responsible for keeping the food supply safe says the CDC reports emphasizes the magnitude of foodborne illness in this country and the need for more to be done. In statement the FDA says, “This [disease] burden falls most heavily on vulnerable populations that are growing in number–children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.”
The FDA also says it is working towards improving the prevention of this kind of illness and “moving down this path as quickly as possible under current authorities but eagerly await passage of new food safety legislation that would provide us with new and long overdue tools to further modernize our food safety program. “
The last time the CDC issued a report like this was in 1999. But the new statistics cannot be compared head-to-head to those from a decade ago because different research techniques were used. For example, the 1999 data was based on interviews with about 9,000 people. Braden says this time around the CDC is relying on about 5 times the amount of data having interviewed more than 48,000 people.
However, based on information not in this report but based on other research that tracks trends every year, Braden says there’s been about a 20% decrease in foodborne illnesses in the past 10 years.
About this blog
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.
Right here is the perfect site for anyone who hopes to understand this topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really would want toÖHaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a subject which has been discussed for years. Excellent stuff, just excellent!
An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a colleague who was conducting a little research on this. And he in fact bought me lunch due to the fact that I found it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending the time to talk about this matter here on your web site.
Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your website in internet explorer, would check this… IE still is the market leader and a huge portion of people will miss your excellent writing due to this problem.
Excellent web site. Lots of useful information here. I’m sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thank you for your sweat!
where can i buy cialis in singapore http://asciled.com/ – dapoxetine with cialis canada toronto cheap fase cialis
510761 214330Hello. splendid job. I did not expect this. This is a fantastic story. Thanks! You made certain fine points there. I did a search on the subject matter and discovered the majority of folks will have the same opinion with your blog. 7113
is viagra safe for 20 year olds http://gensitecil.com/ – how much does the military spend on viagra what happens when a woman takes viagra
best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian generic pills
on fire fox,. how do you get to your favorites???. =/. haha im dumb.
Hello! I could have sworn Iíve been to your blog before but after browsing through many of the articles I realized itís new to me. Anyways, Iím definitely happy I found it and Iíll be bookmarking it and checking back often!
viagra canada for sale https://canadaviagrastore.com/ viagra without a doctor prescription in canada
Love the way you cover this subject.
priligy pills usa dapoxetine tablet price in india
Your style is really unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from. Thanks for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this page.
An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on this. And he actually bought me lunch because I discovered it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this subject here on your blog.
Simply desire to say your article is as surprising.
The clarity in your post is simply spectacular and i can assume you are an expert on this subject.
Fine with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep
updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.
priligy 30 mg dapoxetine pharmacy
NA https://sports.yahoo.com/ hd3d5s957hh
Wonderful website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any
user discussion forums that cover the same topics talked about here?
I'd really love to be a part of group where I can get opinions from other experienced people
that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
It is not my first time to pay a visit this site, i am browsing
this web site dailly and get fastidious data
from here everyday.
Lincocin http://onlinecanda21.com/ Voveran SR
Spot on with this write-up, I absolutely believe that this web site needs far more attention. Iíll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the advice!
erectile disorder dsm 5 criteria https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ top erectile pills
Right here is the right site for anybody who hopes to understand this topic. You understand so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually would want toÖHaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic which has been written about for many years. Excellent stuff, just great!
Can I simply just say what a relief to find somebody who genuinely understands what they're discussing over the internet. You actually understand how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More and more people should read this and understand this side of your story. I was surprised you're not more popular since you most certainly possess the gift.
Do you need to run our latest game hack apk tool now completely 100 free? Get premium on-line cheat for countless resources, without human verification needed! By using our 100 working game cheat you are going to conquest the game quickly! visit us today.
Uroxatral http://uspharmus.com/ walmart pharmacy viagra
I blog quite often and I genuinely appreciate your information. Your article has really peaked my interest. I am going to book mark your website and keep checking for new information about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.
cialis generic http://cileve.com/ cialis blog
cialis with dapoxetine without prescription mastercard https://asciled.com/ canada cialis with dapoxetine
is chloroquine phosphate over the counter https://chloroquineorigin.com/ chloroquine side effects
cholorquine https://chloroquineorigin.com/ chloraquine
I'd like to thank you for the efforts you've put in writing this site. I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well. In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my very own blog now 😉
After looking at a handful of the articles on your web page, I honestly appreciate your way of blogging. I saved it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future. Take a look at my web site as well and let me know what you think.
Saved as a favorite, I love your web site!
Very good article. I certainly appreciate this website. Keep it up!
canadian diet pills https://canadapillstorex.com/ best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills
levitra side effects warnings levitra dosage timing which is better viagra or levitra
Very good post. I am going through a few of these issues as well..
erectile dysfunction natural remedies https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ erectile pill sponsored by doctor oz
canadian generic cialis 20mg https://canadacialisstore.com/ cialis, sale, canadian pharm.
pharmacies online Keflex Norvasc
erectile creams for men https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ erectile brokenness
online pharmacies in usa http://canadianeve21.com/ – canada discount drug erection pills
Everyone loves it when people get together and share views. Great blog, continue the good work!
WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for cdc
Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up plus the rest of the website is also really good.