- Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, and E. coli O157 outbreak illnesses are not significantly different from sporadic illnesses with respect to patients’ illness severity, gender, and age.
- Salmonella outbreak illnesses are not significantly different from sporadic illnesses with respect to illness severity and gender. For age, the percentages of outbreak and sporadic illnesses that occur among older children and adults are also similar. However, the percentage of outbreak illnesses in the youngest age category of birth to 3-years-old was substantially lower compared with the other age groups.
Emerging Infectious Diseases compared characteristics of outbreak and sporadic, or non-outbreak, foodborne illnesses caused by four different pathogens and found evidence that most were similar regarding patients’ illness severity, gender and age. The team of scientists from the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC) looked at human illnesses in the U.S. from 2004-2011 caused by Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes and Campylobacter. The data were collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet). “The analyses help assess the usefulness of outbreak data in estimating which major food categories are linked to foodborne illnesses,” according to a June 15 Constituent Update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The study results provided evidence that:A study just published in