CDC Releases National Trends in Food Poisoning Outbreaks

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The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention has released a report card on food poisoning outbreaks across the country.

The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention has released a report card on food poisoning outbreaks across the country.  The report card indicates that the incidence of some types of food poisoning illnesses, including those caused by Campylobacter and Vibrio organisms, actually increased in 2012.

According to the report card, infections related to the Campylobacter organisms increased by 14%, compared to the period between 2006 and 2008.  In 2012, these illnesses were recorded at the rate of 14.3 infections per 100,000 population.

Increases were also reported in the case of infections caused by the Vibrio pathogen.  In these cases, there was a 43% increase in the number of food poisoning illnesses, compared to the period between 2006 and 2008.  In 2012, the rate of infections related to this pathogen was approximately.41 per 100,000 population.

There was virtually no change in the number of infections related to E. coli, listeria, salmonella and Yersinia compared to 2006-2008.  In the case of E. coli, the rate in 2012 was approximately 1.12 infections per 100,000 population.  Listeria infections were recorded at a rate of .25 cases per 100,000 population and salmonella illnesses at a rate of 16.42 illnesses per 100,000 population.  In the case of Yersinia, there were .33 infections per 100,000 population.

However, food poisoning lawyers warn that the data may be very misleading.  For instance, the agency estimates that for every case of Campylobacter infection reported, there are at least 30 cases of illnesses caused by the pathogen that are not diagnosed.

Similarly, for every case of E. coli reported 26 cases of E. coli poisoning caused by the E. coli O H157 pathogen are not diagnosed.  For every case of listeriosis that is reported, at least 2 cases of this deadly food-borne illness go undiagnosed.  In the case of salmonella, as many as 29 cases of salmonella food poisoning go undiagnosed every year.

 

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