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Foodborne Illness Acquired in the United States—Major Pathogens

Foodborne Illness Acquired in the United States—Unspecified Agents

How Safe Is Our Food?

Tables and Appendices

Are you using the correct estimate?

Let’s use Salmonella illnesses as an example. Refer to Table 2.

  • If you are looking for the total number of illnesses, use the number from the column labeled “Total.” An estimated 1.2 million Salmonella illnesses occur each year in the United States.
  • If you are looking for the number of illnesses not related to international travel, use the number from the column labeled “Domestically acquired.” Of the estimated 1.2 million Salmonella illnesses, an estimated 89 percent are acquired in the United States (and 11 percent are acquired during international travel).
  • If you are looking for the number of foodborne cases, use the number from the column labeled “Domestically acquired foodborne.” An estimated 94 percent (about 1 million) of the Salmonella illnesses acquired in the United States are foodborne.

Table 1. Modeling approaches used to estimate the total number of illnesses for different types of data, United States

Table 2. Estimated annual number of episodes of illnesses caused by 31 pathogens, United States

Table 3. Estimated annual number of hospitalizations and deaths caused by 31 pathogens, United States

Table A1. Data sources used to estimate illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by 31 pathogens transmitted through food, United States

Technical Appendix 1: Overview of Methods and Summary of Data Sources

Technical Appendix 2: Model Structures Used to Make Estimates 

Technical Appendix 3: Estimation and Uncertainty Model Inputs for 31 Major Known Pathogens Transmitted Through Food

Technical Appendix 4: Data Used to Estimate Passive and Outbreak Surveillance Underreporting Multipliers--Passive surveillance underreporting multipliers

Fact Sheets

2011 Estimates of Foodborne Illness: Findings

2011 Estimates of Foodborne Illness: Methods

5 Key Improvements in the 2011 Estimates

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