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Volume 5, Number 5—October 1999


Food-Related Illness and Death in the United States

Paul S. MeadComments to Author , Laurence Slutsker, Vance Dietz, Linda F. McCaig, Joseph S. Bresee, Craig Shapiro, Patricia M. Griffin, and Robert V. Tauxe
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Table 4

Frequency of gastrointestinal illness in the general population, in episodes per person per year, as determined by three studies

FoodNet Population Survey
Tecumseh Study
Cleveland Study
Symptom Age adjusted Crude Age adjusted Crude Age adjusted
Diarrhea or vomiting -- 0.98 0.81 1.28 0.87
Diarrhea, any 0.75 0.63 0.52 0.83 0.56

Without vomiting 0.61 0.40 0.33 0.48 0.33

With vomiting 0.14 0.23 0.19 0.35 0.23
Vomiting without diarrhea -- 0.35 0.29 0.45 0.31

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