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Foodborne Active Diseases Surveillance Network (FoodNet) 2012 surveillance report
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    Acknowledgements -- Citation -- Background -- Methods -- Analysis -- Results – Limitations --Publications and abstracts in 2012 -- Tables and figures.

    The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) tracks important illnesses transmitted commonly by food, generating information used to guide and monitor food safety policy and prevention efforts. FoodNet provides information that contributes to food safety efforts by estimating numbers of foodborne illnesses, monitoring changes in incidence of specific illnesses over time, attributing illnesses to specific sources and settings, and disseminating information. A collaborative program of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 state health departments, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FoodNet conducts population-based active surveillance for laboratory-confirmed infections caused by 7 bacterial pathogens (Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli [STEC], Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia), 2 parasitic pathogens (Cyclospora and Cryptosporidium), and he- molytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This report describes final FoodNet surveillance data for Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Listeria, Salmonella, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157, STEC non-O157, Shigella, Vibrio, and Yersinia for 2012, HUS for 2011, and changes in incidence since 1996-1998 and since 2006-2008.

    Since it was established in 1996, FoodNet has included the states of Minnesota and Oregon and selected counties in California, Connecticut, and Georgia. From 1997 to 2004, the FoodNet surveillance area ex- panded to include the entire states of Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, and Tennessee, and selected counties in California, Colorado and New York (Figure 1). The FoodNet surveillance area in 2012 included 47.8 million persons or 15.2% of the United States population (Table 2). The demographic composition of the 2012 FoodNet surveillance population was similar to that of the United States population except that the Hispanic population was under-represented (Table 2).

    Suggested citation: CDC. Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet): FoodNet Surveillance Report for 2012 (Final Report). Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC. 2014.

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