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Dec 15, 2010

Dec 15, 2010

CDC revises decade-old foodborne illness estimates

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released newer, more precise estimates of the foodborne illness burden, suggesting 1 in 6 Americans get sick each year, a rate lower than previously thought.

Dec 08, 2010

Dec 08, 2010

Experts disagree on Haiti cholera source as cases near 100,000

(CIDRAP News) – A report by an epidemiologist sent by France to assist Haiti with the cholera response said United Nations (UN) peacekeeping forces from Nepal are the most likely source of the outbreak, though others deny the claims or say the findings are inconclusive.

Sep 13, 2010

Sep 13, 2010

Federal inspectors say outside pressures hurt food safety

(CIDRAP News) – Many federal food safety workers say their work has been hampered by corporate interests, political pressure, and influence from other groups, according to a survey released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Jul 15, 2010

Jul 15, 2010

ICEID COVERAGE CDC says common waterborne diseases may cost $539 million

ATLANTA (CIDRAP News) – A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts the yearly waterborne illness burden at as much as $539 million.

Jun 22, 2010

Jun 22, 2010

CDC looks at tying public health alerts to medical records

(CIDRAP News) – An informatics expert from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today spoke with clinicians about possible public health connections to electronic medical records, which she said could have been useful during the H1N1 pandemic and might ease information flow during future public health events.

The discussion follows recent federal investments to promote greater use of health information technology.

Mar 03, 2010

Mar 03, 2010

Study says foodborne illness costs US $152 billion a year

(CIDRAP News) – A new estimate on the annual health burden of foodborne illnesses in the United States puts the cost at $152 billion, an amount much higher than previous estimates, but one that the author of today's report hopes will spur action from policymakers.

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