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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 18, 2014

Little Progress Made in US Foodborne Infection Rates

JAMA. 2014;311(23):2374. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6263

The latest report card on foodborne illnesses in the United States shows limited progress, with seesawing incidence rates among various pathogens in recent years.

The annual report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that foodborne pathogens caused 19 056 infections, 4200 hospitalizations, and 80 deaths in 2013. Two pathogens—salmonella and campylobacter—were responsible for about three-fourths of all reported infections (Crim SM et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[15]:328-332).