Food Poisoning on the Rise, CDC Claims

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that food poisoning cases in the United States are on the rise. According to an article in The Los Angeles Times, the number of food-borne pathogens increased substantially in 2012. Research suggests that levels of a bacterium called Campylobacter (found in raw milk and undercooked poultry) were 14% higher in 2012 than in 2006 and 2008. Vibro and other rare food-borne increased by 43% between 2006 and 2008.

Although Campylobacter showed a significant increase over the past five years, the overall popularity of the sickness has decreased in the past 15 years, while Vibro has demonstrated a continuous upward climb. Most people affected by Vibro in the last five years are persons more than 65 years old, while Campylobacter is likely to affect children less than five years old.

Salmonella is the most common food-borne illness in the United States. According to CDC, a total of 19,538 instances of food poisoning were reported in 2012. 7,800 of these were caused by the Salmonella pathogen. Although food poisoning is not always fatal, it usually results in several days of vomiting and sickness. The CDC reported 68 instances of food poisoning death in the U.S. last year and more than 4,000 food poisoning cases that resulted in hospitalization.

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