Foodborne Illness

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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May 29, 2020
  • Progress has stalled in controlling foodborne pathogens in the United States, according to a new report from CDC’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network.
  • New lab technologies have enhanced our capabilities for diagnostics and surveillance of foodborne diseases, but targeted interventions are needed to reduce foodborne illnesses.
  • Health departments can culture specimens with positive culture-independent diagnostic test results to help better identify antibiotic resistance, find outbreaks, monitor disease trends, and inform policy and prevention efforts.
August 2, 2019
  • When two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne disease outbreak—learn what outbreaks are currently affecting multiple states.
  • Local and state health departments, federal agencies, and the food industry are all key players in foodborne outbreak response, depending on the size and scope of the outbreak.
  • Health department staff and healthcare professionals can help prevent, report, and tell the public about foodborne disease outbreaks.
April 26, 2019
  • Campylobacter and Salmonella continue to be the most commonly reported foodborne bacteria, according to a new report from FoodNet—the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network.
  • Targeted interventions to reduce contamination throughout the food production chain can lead to fewer foodborne illnesses.
  • Health department laboratories can reduce foodborne illnesses by culturing specimens that have positive culture-independent diagnostic test results, providing critical information to detect outbreaks, inform treatment, and guide interventions.
September 21, 2018
March 11, 2016

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