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How Many People Get Foodborne Illness Each Year?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 48 million Americans are stricken with a foodborne illness each year. This includes food poisoning cases of bacteria including salmonella, E. coli, norovirus, Hepatitis A, listeria, botulism, campylobacter, shigella, and cryptosporidiosis.
These common types of foodborne illnesses often bring severe symptoms and can lead to death, especially if untreated. While food poisoning causes around 128,000 hospitalizations each year, many of the 3,000 annual fatalities occur because victims think they have the flu and do not seek prompt treatment.
Individuals with food allergies also face the risk of severe reactions. Like instances of food poisoning, these are typically due to unsafe practices at food manufacturing plants, restaurants, schools and daycare facilities, and other food service operations.
Food poisoning symptoms vary with the source of contamination. Most severe cases of food poisoning illness cause one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Abdominal pain and cramps
- Blurred vision
Signs and symptoms of E. coli or salmonella infections start within hours after eating the contaminated food or may begin days or weeks later. Sickness caused by food poisoning bacteria generally lasts from a few hours to several days.
Foods That Cause Food Poisoning
Some foods are more associated with foodborne illnesses and food poisoning than others. They can carry harmful germs that can make you very sick if the food is contaminated.
- Raw foods of animal origin are the most likely to be contaminated, specifically raw or undercooked meat and poultry, raw or lightly cooked eggs, unpasteurized milk, and raw shellfish.
- Fruits and vegetables from grocery stores may get contaminated.
- While certain foods are more likely to make you sick, any food can get contaminated in the field, during processing, or during other stages in the food production chain, including through cross-contamination with raw meat in kitchens.
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