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Infectious Disease Information

Food-Related Diseases

The food supply in the United States is remarkably safe. Nevertheless, food can become contaminated with a variety of germs.

After eating contaminated food, people can develop anything from a short, mild illness, often mistakenly referred to as "food poisoning," to life-threatening disease. CDC estimates that 76 million Americans get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 people die from foodborne illnesses each year.


 Overviews (see below)
 Avoiding illnesses you get through food: food safety
 Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment, Specific Diseases
 Hoaxes, Technical and CDC Program Information

Foodborne Infections: General Information
Multipage fact sheet offering general information, technical information, additional resources

Parasitic Pathways - Food
List of publications covering the topic. Mostly technical articles

NOTE: CDC is not a hospital or clinical facility; we do not see patients and are unable to diagnose your illness, provide treatment, prescribe medication, or refer you to specialists.

If you have a medical emergency, contacting CDC is not the proper way to get immediate help. Instead, please contact your health care provider or go to the nearest emergency room. If you are a health care provider, please contact your state epidemiologist or local health department.

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Note: Technical journal articles are not included in this list. To find them, see the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and Emerging Infectious Diseases journal (EID), use the infectious disease index, or use the search feature on the NCID home page.

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