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May 11, 2004

Fewer People Sickened by Food Bacteria in 2003, sez CDC

Yahoo! News: "There were 443 laboratory-confirmed cases of Escherichia coli O157 reported in 2003, 36 percent less than in the previous year, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FoodNet surveillance system.

The number of Campylobacter, Salmonella and Yersinia infections -- three of the most common food-borne diseases -- also continued to decline last year.
'The overall trends for these important infections suggests that the efforts by industry, individuals and the regulatory arena seem to have us headed in the right direction,' said Dr. Robert Tauxe, chief of the CDC's food-borne diseases branch. "


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