International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

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International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

The Leading Source of Scientific, Professional & Consumer Information

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.