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CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Estimating illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths for various types of diseases is a common and important public health practice.

Estimating the number of illnesses associated with specific food sources is called foodborne illness source attribution. These analyses are the logical extension of our 2011 analyses estimating the burden, or number, of foodborne illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in the US.

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