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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 5, 2013

Campylobacter, Vibrio Infections Increased in 2012

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(21):2206-2207. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5909

Substantial increases in the number of Campylobacter and Vibrio infections demonstrate the need for regulatory agencies, the food and food service industries, public health officials, farmers, and consumers to direct greater efforts toward reducing preventable foodborne diseases.

The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, known as FoodNet, which tracks confirmed infections transmitted via food at 10 US sites, reported 19 531 infections, 4563 hospitalizations, and 68 deaths from foodborne diseases in 2012. For most infections, the incidence was highest among children younger than 5 years. Hospitalizations and deaths were highest among adults aged 65 years or older.