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CDC names top five foodborne illnesses in United States

The top five germs that cause illnesses from food eaten in the United States are norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter and Staphylococcus aureus, aka staph. Some other germs don’t cause as many illnesses, but when they do, the diseases are more likely to lead to hospitalization. Those germs include E coli, Clostridium botulinum (which causes botulism),… Continue Reading

IBM scientists say big data can speed outbreak investigations

The mathematics are not simple, but IBM scientists have come up with methodology for analyzing retail scanner data from grocery stores against the locations of confirmed cases of foodborne illness to dramatically speed up foodborne illness investigations. Time is the enemy in foodborne illness investigations. In the paper announcing their research, the IBM scientists point… Continue Reading