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How many people get sick each year from food-borne illness?

CDC estimates each year 48 million people get sick from a food-borne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.

The top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the United States are:


How to know if you have food poisoning

Common symptoms  of food-borne diseases are nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. However, symptoms may differ among the different types of food-borne diseases. Symptoms can sometimes be severe and some food-borne illnesses can even be life-threatening. Although anyone can get a food-borne illness, some people are more likely to develop one. Those groups include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Young children
  • Older adults
  • People with immune systems weakened from medical conditions, such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, organ transplants, HIV/AIDS, or from receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Most people with a food-borne illness get better without medical treatment, but people with severe symptoms should see their doctor.

Information was obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.