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FoodNet surveillance report for 2004 (final report)
  • Published Date:
    June 2006
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Infectious Diseases (U.S.). Division of Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases. Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ;
  • Description:
    The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) is the principal foodborne disease component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Emerging Infections Program (EIP). FoodNet is a collaborative project among CDC, state health departments in EIP sites, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FoodNet is a sentinel network that is producing more stable and accurate national estimates of the burden and sources of specific foodborne diseases in the United States through active surveillance and additional studies. Enhanced surveillance and investigation are integral parts of developing and evaluating new prevention and control strategies that can improve the safety of our food and the public’s health.

    Between 1996 and 2004 there was a substantial decline in the incidence of infections caused by shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157 (STEC O157). This decline, first noted in 2003, continued in 2004 and was consistent with the decline in STEC O157 contaminated ground beef reported by USDA-FSIS for 2003 and 2004. This was the first year that the incidence of STEC O157 infection reported by FoodNet was below the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Healthy People 2010 objective (1.0 cases per 100,000 persons).

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