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1 in 6 Americans gets food-borne illness

from WebMD

The first government estimates of food-borne illnesses in a decade find that one in six Americans gets sick, 128,000 people are hospitalized, and 3,000 people die each year after eating tainted food. "These illnesses are associated with billions in health care costs and also have a substantial human cost in severe illnesses and in some cases, long-term health effects that linger after the initial illness subsides," says Christopher Braden, MD, acting director of the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases. "We need to do more to lower the impact of these diseases in the United States." more


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