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Volume 7, Number 7—June 2001
THEME ISSUE
International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2000

Conference Presentations

Food Safety and Irradiation: Protecting the Public from Foodborne Infections 1

Robert V. Tauxe
Author affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Main Article

Table 3

Potential number of health problems prevented annually if 50% of meat and poultry are irradiated

Pathogen Cases Hospitalizations Major complications Deaths
E. coli O157:H7 and other STEC 23,000 700 At least 250 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome 20
Campylobacter 500,000 2,600 250 cases of GBS 25
Salmonella 330,000 4,000 6,000 cases of reactive arthropathy 140
Listeria 625 575 60 miscarriages 125
Toxoplasma
28,000
625
100-1,000 cases of congenital toxoplasmosis
94
Total 881,625 8,500 6,660 catastrophic illnesses 352

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1Adapted from a talk given on July 19, 2000 at the 2nd International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, Atlanta, GA.

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