CDC says that salmonella infection is on the rise

June 8th, 2011 - 7:52 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, June 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC) has announced that salmonella infection has gone up significantly in the United States. In a report issued by the CDC, 2010 saw 10% rise in the number of people who were sickened by the germ compared to the number between the years 2006 and 2008.

Salmonella affects and sickens more than a million people in the United States every year. The report said not much has been achieved regarding the fight against the spread of the food-poisoning bug. The CDC said successes have been chalked in the fight against some other common food poisoning over the last 15 years. Incidents of six food-poisoning germs have gone down in the United States. E. coli 0157 infection rate have almost been halved in the last 15 years.

The undersecretary for food safety at the Department of Agriculture praised the commitment to bring down E. coli infection in the United States. Dr. Elizabeth Hagen said that, “Thanks to our prevention-based approach to food safety, as well as industry and consumer efforts, we have substantially reduced E. coli O157 illnesses.”

She still expects more work to be done adding that, “However, far too many people still get sick from the food they eat, so we have more work to do.”

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