August 01, 2018

These are the most common foods to cause illness according to CDC

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC revealed the types of foods that most likely cause various illnesses to people.

With all the product recalls that have been occurring recently, it is better to be cautious about what we eat.

CDC had released a new surveillance report detailing the causes of foodborne disease outbreaks beginning in 2009 until 2015.

As revealed in the report, there have been 5,670 outbreaks, which caused 100,939 illnesses, 5,699 hospitalizations, and 145 deaths across the country in the span of seven years.

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The types of foods that were most often implicated in outbreaks were fish (17 percent of all outbreaks), dairy (11 percent of all outbreaks), and chicken (10 percent of all outbreaks).

Although, these foods were more likely to cause outbreak-related illnesses: chicken (12 percent of cases), pork (10 percent of cases), and seeded vegetables (10 percent of cases).

There are serious foodborne illnesses to worry about but there are also common ones that are far less dangerous.


Researchers have discovered that norovirus caused 38 percent of the outbreaks, salmonella for 30 percent, and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) was responsible for six percent.

There were other causes like campylobacter, clostridium perfringens, scombroid toxin, ciguatoxin, Staphylococcus aureus, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and Listeria monocytogenes that were declared responsible for five percent or lesser outbreaks.


As for the cause that holds the biggest percentage, norovirus is a contagious illness which attacks the gastrointestinal tract. Typical food poisoning symptoms (vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea) are expected for this illness. It usually lasts for about three days.

On the other hand, listeria, salmonella, and STEC were revealed as the top causes for cases of hospitalizations, deaths, and outbreak-associated illnesses.


Most healthy adults can easily recover from many foodborne illnesses, but people who have other health issues may be at risk.

This report was not made to cause panic, but the CDC has always encouraged the public to always be aware of the risks and dangers of certain foods.

On another article, the CDC also detailed what causes food poisoning and how to know if one does have the illness.


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