Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch

CDC’s lead epidemiology and surveillance group for tracking pathogens and identifying sources for bacterial enteric (intestinal) infections transmitted by food and other routes.


  • Monitoring human illness caused by bacteria, and measuring the incidence
  • Estimating the number of foodborne illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths
  • Attributing illness to transmission routes and to specific foods and settings
  • Targeting prevention measures to meet food safety goals
  • Providing data and analyses that inform food safety action and policy

Enteric bacteria typically enter the body through the mouth. They are acquired through contaminated food and water, by contact with animals or their environments, by contact with the feces of an infected person. Every year, millions of cases of foodborne illness and thousands of associated deaths occur in the United States, and the illness burden is even higher in developing countries. Much of this burden could be prevented with better science and prevention tools. We are working to meet national goalsexternal icon to decrease the burden of bacterial diarrheal illness by the year 2020.

We accomplish our work through surveillance, investigation, and research to identify causes, sources, and prevention measures for bacterial infections. Our central values are scientific rigor, rapid response to emergencies, service to regulatory agencies and state health departments, and close collaboration with laboratory colleagues.


Foodborne Illness Estimates
Foodborne Illness Burden Estimates

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Foodborne Illness Attribution Estimates

FoodNet Fast
FoodNet Fast

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NORS Dashboard

NARMS Now: Human Data
NARMS Now: Human Data

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Vibrio and Raw Oysters

Pregnant: Be Careful with Queso Cheese
Listeria & Pregnancy Fotonovela

1 ub 5 resistant infrections are caused by germs from food and animals.
Antibiotic Resistance Infographic

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Yersinia and Chitlins

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The Dangers of Raw Milk

Pathogens and Diseases