New MMWR: Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) highlighting data from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), which accounts for 15% of the U.S. population. The report includes information surveillance data on the nine most common pathogens transmitted through food diagnosed by laboratory tests, specifically culture and culture-independent diagnostic tests (CITs). Based on data reported to FoodNet, these germs, most frequently Salmonella and Campylobacter, collectively led to 24,029 infections, 5,512 hospitalizations, and 98 deaths in 2016. Also emphasized in this MMWR is the impact of changing diagnostic testing for enteric pathogens on the ability to monitor illness and advance preventative aims. Click to view the full report.

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