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- Multistate outbreaks caused by contaminated food account for more than half of all foodborne illness ., even though they only represent 3 percent of all reported outbreaks..

The food industry can help stop outbreaks by keeping better records to allow officials to trace contaminated food faster and by alerting consumers.

The top causes of multistate outbreaks -- salmonella, E. coli and listeria -- are more dangerous than the leading causes of single-state outbreaks..

These germs cause 91 percent of multistate outbreaks and can be found in contaminated vegetables, beef, chicken and fresh fruits. Because these foods are widely distributed, they can sicken people in many states.

These outbreaks are more dangerous, because these germs are far more deadly than those that contaminate food in individual kitchens and restaurants, such as norovirus or rotavirus..

"Some of the multistate outbreaks are caused by antibiotic-resistant germs, which can increase the risk of hospitalization and untreatable infections.

Salmonella was responsible for the three largest outbreaks, and caused the most illnesses and hospitalizations. The outbreaks were from eggs, chicken and raw ground tuna.

Listeria caused the most deaths.

TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News)

SOURCES: Tom Frieden, M.D., director, U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Nov. 3, 2015, news conference, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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