New Tool to Access Foodborne Illness Data



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CDC’s new interactive tool, FoodNet Fast, makes it quicker and easier to see how rates of illnesses have changed over the past 20 years for nine pathogens transmitted commonly by food: Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Listeria, Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157 and non-O157, Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia.

CDC created FoodNet Fast to share foodborne disease data so people and organizations can quickly and easily learn how many cases occurred in certain areas or over certain time periods, which groups were affected, and how the number of cases changed over time.

FoodNet covers 15% of the U.S. population, or about 49 million people. FoodNet conducts surveillance in 10 sites for infections with nine bacterial and parasitic pathogens transmitted commonly through food, and for hemolytic uremic syndrome. By estimating the number of foodborne illnesses and monitoring changes in incidence over time, FoodNet provides a foundation for food safety policy and prevention efforts in the United States.

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