CDC: 120 Multistate Foodborne Illness Outbreaks In US From 2010 To 2014.

If you watch or read the news, you’ve probably read about the E. coli infections linked to the Chipotle restaurant chain.  While these outbreaks were large, with 52 people in nine states infected, they are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S.  According to a New York Times (12/15, Bakalar) report, the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that from 2010 to 2014, there were 120 multi-state foodborne infection outbreaks.  These outbreaks caused a total of 7,929 illnesses, 1,460 hospitalizations, and 66 deaths.

While these numbers are alarming, the Boston Globe (12/15, Rocheleau) reports that CDC data reflects a downward trend in the numbers.  The number of outbreaks actually peaked in 2000, with 1,405 cases reported.  Since then the numbers have leveled off to about 800 cases per year.  No one state had more outbreaks than another and imported foods account for only 18 percent of the outbreaks.  The main sources of the outbreaks are fruit, beef, sprouts, and vegetable row crops like lettuce.  Other contamination has come from dairy products, turkey, chicken, eggs, and fish.
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Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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