The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data from the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), which reveals that rates of infection by Campylobacter and Vibrio species increased significantly in 2012, while infection rates of other pathogens remained the same.
The report shows that cases of campylobacteriosis rose by 14% during the year when compared to the baseline period of 2006-2008. Vibrio infections rose by 43% over the same period, although the reasons for this are unclear. The incidence of other foodborne pathogens, including Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, did not rise against 2006-2008 figures.
Overall in 2012 the FoodNet data, which is compiled in ten US states, recorded 19,531 cases of foodborne illness, with 4,563 hospitalisations and 68 deaths caused by nine notifiable foodborne pathogens. Click here for more information.