Foodborne Illness Is More Common Than We Realize

Seattle — Foodborne illnesses like the E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in the Northwest are more common than the public realizes, experts say, with most instances never making the news. About 48 million cases of foodborne disease occur in the U.S. annually, sending about 105,000 people to the hospital and resulting in 2,000 deaths, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s...

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A Faster Way To Stop Spread Of Food Illness

One of the biggest hurdles to halting foodborne illness outbreaks is spotting the source of the problem — and spotting it quickly. More often than not, by the time authorities recognize an outbreak of salmonella, listeria or any of the other pathogens that sicken an estimated 48 million Americans each year, it already has had time to spread. But in recent years, academic researchers and public health officials in New York and Chicago,...

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