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Food-related illness and death in the United States

From a compilation and analysis of multiple surveillance systems and information sources, it is estimated that foodborne diseases cause approx. 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalisations and 5000 deaths in the US each year. Unknown agents account for 81% of foodborne illnesses and 64% of deaths. Among those due to known agents, Norwalk-like viruses account for over 67% of all cases, 33% of hospitalisations and 7% of deaths. Emerging Infectious Diseases 1999;5:607-625.

Author: Mead PS, Slutsker L, Dietz V, McCaig LF, Bresee JS, Shapiro V, Griffin PM, Tauxe RV

Published: 01/01/2008

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Emerging Infectious Diseases