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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2008
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
(404) 639-3286

CDC Media Briefing: Preliminary FoodNet Data


Dr. Robert Tauxe, Deputy Director, CDC Division of Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases
Available to answer questions:

Faye Feldstein, Acting director, Food and Drug Administration's Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response

Dr. Morris Potter, Lead Scientist for Epidemiology in the FDA's Office of Food Defense, Communication and Emergency Response

Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Executive Associate for Public Health, United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service, Office of Public Health Science


Release of "Preliminary FoodNet Data on the Incidence of Infection with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food – 10 States, United States, 2007" being published in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report .


The new report highlights foodborne illness disease trends and growing foodborne illness challenges.

Foodborne illnesses are a substantial health burden in the United States. The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) collects data from 10 U.S. states regarding diseases caused by enteric pathogens transmitted commonly through food. FoodNet quantifies and monitors the incidence of these infections by conducting active, population-based surveillance for laboratory-confirmed illnesses. This report describes preliminary surveillance data for 2007 and compares them with baseline data from the period 1996–1998.


Thursday, April 10, 2008, Noon, ET
Brief remarks followed by Q&A
Media should call in and ask questions by toll-free conference line. The briefing will begin promptly; media should dial in a few minutes before the start of the conference.

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Listen-Only Audio Webcast

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The guidance document, graphics and a full transcript of this teleconference will be available following the briefing on the CDC web site at


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