martes, 5 de febrero de 2013

CDC Food Safety Update: Publications & Web Materials

CDC Food Safety Update: Publications & Web Materials

CDC Food Safety Update: Publications & Web Materials

New CDC publication and web materials: Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths to Food Commodities, United States, 1998–2008

CDC released its first estimates of the food sources of all foodborne illnesses acquired in the United States. A new CDC paper, “Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths to Food Commodities by using Outbreak Data, United States, 1998-2008” will be published in the March issue of the peer-reviewed journal Emerging Infectious Diseases with online release on January 29, 2013.
The paper provides a historical baseline of estimates that will be further refined over time with more data and improved methods.  The analysis is the logical extension of our prior analyses estimating the number of foodborne illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths in the US, published in 2011, that told us that about 48 million people (1 in 6) get sick each year from food. 

We have updated our Foodborne Illness Estimates website. Some changes you will notice include:

Key CDC publications for food safety in January, 2013:
Antibiotic Resistance
Bacterial Enteric Infections in Children
E. coli
  • Secondary cases of Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection, transmitted persontoperson through fecal shedding, account for an estimated 11% of infections. However, the two primary strategies for preventing secondary cases (careful hygiene practice and exclusion of infection persons from situations that may facilitate transmission) can be challenging to implement and burdensome.
  • The annual MMWR article on 2009-2010 surveillance for foodborne disease outbreaks reports that 1,527 outbreaks were reported, resulting in 29,444 illnesses, 1,184 hospitalizations, and 23 deaths.Norovirus (42%) and Salmonella (30%) were the most commonly reported pathogens that caused outbreaks.
  • Most reported foodborne shigellosis outbreaks in the USA between 1998 and 2008 were restaurant-associated. Targeted efforts to reduce contamination during food handling 0could prevent many foodborne disease outbreaks and outbreak-related illnesses including those due to Shigella. Nygren BL, Schilling KA, Blanton EM, Silk BJ, Cole DJ, Mintz ED.

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