CDC Publishes Updated Report on Preliminary Foodborne Illness Trends

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Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report entitled, “Preliminary Incidence and Trends of Infections with Pathogens Transmitted Commonly Through Food – Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, 10 U.S. Sites, 2015-2018” (the Report). The Report summarizes data collected by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), which tracks infections caused by eight pathogens in ten sites covering approximately 15% of the U.S. population. The Report summarizes preliminary 2018 data and changes since 2015. The Report reflects an overall upward trend in foodborne illness incidence rates, although CDC notes that trend may at least partly reflect increased testing. The Report is part of an ongoing effort by CDC to review and update its foodborne illness findings periodically.

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