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NewsBites February 2016 Issue

Foodborne Illness Strikes 1 in 10

Globally, foodborne illness strikes almost 1 in 10 people each year, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. The report looked at 31 different causes of foodborne disease, such as salmonella, E. coli and campylobacter as well as foodborne cholera and typhoid. Overall, as many as 600 million people fall ill annually after consuming contaminated food, the WHO said, and 420,000 die. Causes vary by geography, with campylobacter more common in high-income areas; Africa suffered the most total cases of foodborne illness per capita.

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