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Unformatted text preview: 00 people are sickened by a foodborne disease, 900 are hospitalized, and fourteen die. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a quarter of the American population suffers a bout of food
poisoning each year. Most of these cases are never reported to authorities or properly diagnosed. The widespread outbreaks that are detected
and identified represent a small fraction of the number that actually occurs. And there is strong evidence not only that the incidence of foodrelated illness has risen in the past few decades, but also that the lasting health consequences of such illnesses are far more serious than was
previously believed. The acute phase of a food poisoning — the initial few days of diarrhea and gastrointestinal upset — in many cases may
simply be the most obvious manifestation of an infectious disease. Recent studies have found that many foodborne pathogens can precipitate
long-term ailments, such as heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, neurolo...
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- Spring '08