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How Many People Get Food Poisoning Each Year?

How Many People Get Food Poisoning Each Year?

ANSWER:

In the United States alone, 48 million people get food poisoning each year.

More Info: According to the Center for Disease Control’s statistics, 1 in 6 Americans contract food poisoning annually. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized. In the United States, food poisoning claims 3,000 lives annually.

Specific Pathogens

Last year in the United States, the norovirus accounted for 58% of all food poisonings, followed by Salmonella (11%), Clostridium perfringens (10%), Campylobacter spp. (9%), and Staphylococcus aureus (3%).

Of the hospitalizations due to food poisoning, Salmonella was the hard hitter at 35%. The nurovirus accounted for 26% of hospitalizations due to food poisoning, followed by Campylobacter spp. (15%), Toxoplasma gondii (8%), and e Coli (STEC) O157 (4%).

 

REFERENCES:

“CDC – Estimates of Foodborne Illness in the United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Jan. 2012. http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/index.html

“CDC – 2011 Estimates of Foodborne Illness.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Jan. 2012. .

 

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