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.
OverviewImportance of estimating foodborne illness, burdens, and trends
2011 Estimates of Foodborne IllnessEstimates for known foodborne pathogens and unspecified agents and improvements from 1999 estimates
Differences between 2011 and 1999 estimatesDifferences between 2011 and 1999 estimates, along with methods and data tables
Trends in foodborne illnessInformation about the surveillance system FoodNet that monitors trends in foodborne illnesses
Surveillance systemsFoodborne illness surveillance, response, and data systems
Attribution of Foodborne IllnessEstimations of the most common food sources responsible for specific foodborne illnesses
ResourcesArticles from 2011 estimates of foodborne illness and additional publications and media articles
Foodborne Illness, Outbreaks, and Prevention
CDC Medscape Commentary
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