Disease Outbreaks Tied to Imported Foods Increasing
Public Health Agency of Canada, CCDR Weekly, March 23, 2012
New research released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week shows foodborne disease outbreaks in the US that were tied to imported foods appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010, with nearly half of them linked to imports from regions that had not been associated with outbreaks before. The CDC researchers who presented their findings at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta on 14 March, said so far, the most common imported foods linked to disease outbreaks were fish and spices. Research team member Dr Hannah Gould, an epidemiologist in the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases at the CDC, told the press: "It's too early to say if the recent numbers represent a trend, but CDC officials are analyzing information from 2011 and will continue to monitor for these outbreaks in the future.http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ccdrw-rmtch/2012/ccdrw-rmtcs1212-eng.php#a
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