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Volume 17, Number 1—January 2011

Research

Foodborne Illness Acquired in the United States—Unspecified Agents

Elaine Scallan1Comments to Author , Patricia M. Griffin, Frederick J. Angulo, Robert V. Tauxe, and Robert M. Hoekstra
Author affiliations: Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Figure 2

Figure 2. Schematic of estimates of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by unspecified acute gastroenteritis agents. *The estimated numbers of illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths (hereafter, illnesses refers to illnesses, hospitalizations, or deaths as appropriate) caused by the 24 known gastroenteritis pathogens (1) were subtracted to estimate the number of illnesses caused by unspecified agents. †The estimated numbers of illnesses related to travel were subtracted to estimate the number of domestically acquired illnesses. The estimates of the proportion related to travel were based on the overall weighted distribution of the proportions of illnesses that were related to travel from the 24 known gastroenteritis pathogens. ‡The estimated numbers of nonfoodborne illnesses were subtracted to estimate foodborne illnesses. The estimates of the proportion foodborne were based on the overall weighted distribution of the proportions of illnesses that were foodborne from the 24 known gastroenteritis pathogens. All estimates were based on US population in 2006.

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1Current affiliation: Colorado School of Public Health, Aurora, Colorado, USA.

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