Foodborne-illness outbreaks have been in the news all year. The recent recall of more than a half-billion eggs contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) – which has reportedly resulted in more than 1,600 infections nationwide in 2010, to date, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – is just the latest instance in which a common food has posed a serious public-health risk.
Christopher R. Braden, M.D, director of CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, explains that although only 11 states reported clusters of confirmed illnesses as part of the investigation of the SE outbreak from eggs, the reality is that any state may have cases associated with the outbreak – the largest SE outbreak on record at the CDC.
*Note: This map and its accompanying chart represent only a small percentage of the foodborne illness picture. For every foodborne illness case that is reported, the CDC reports that there are as many as 38 more that are not reported or lab-confirmed. In addition, procedures of public reporting vary from state-to-state.
The egg recall followed other major outbreaks that resulted from Salmonella-contaminated alfalfa sprouts and bagged lettuce. Contaminated imported red-and-black pepper sickened people in a total of 45 states.
To see a state-by-state breakdown of confirmed illnesses that were a result of consuming food regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, please see the chart below.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/enteritidis/
Frozen Mamey Pulp
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhoidfever/index.html
Mexican Restaurant Chain A
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/baildon-hartford/index.html
Red and Black Pepper in Salami
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/montevideo/index.html
Raw Alfalfa Sprouts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/newport/index.html
Shredded Romaine Lettuce
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2010/ecoli_o145/index.html
Milk, Orange Juice, Fruit Drinks
Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Human Services: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/news/2010news/2010-0818a.pdf
Soft, Mexican Cheeses
Washington State Department of Health: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Publicat/2010_news/10-034.htm
Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Human Services: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/news/2010news/2010-0219a.pdf
Texas Department of State Health Services: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20101020.shtm
Cook County Department of Public Health: http://www.cookcountypublichealth.org/
Additional Sources: National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases; National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases