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.