4th December 2019


What are the 5 most common pathogens?

The bacteria and viruses that cause the most illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States are:
  • Salmonella.
  • Norovirus (Norwalk Virus)
  • Campylobacter.
  • E. coli.
  • Listeria.
  • Clostridium perfringens.

What are the common food sources of the pathogen?

Top 14 Foodborne Pathogens
Campylobacter jejuniRaw milk, untreated water, raw and undercooked meat, poultry, or shellfish
Clostridium botulinumHome-canned and prepared foods, vacuum-packed and tightly wrapped food, meat products, seafood, and herbal cooking oils
Clostridium perfringensMeat and meat products

What is the most common cause of foodborne illness?

Foodborne illness is caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease-causing microbes or pathogens can contaminate foods, so there are many different types of foodborne illnesses. Most foodborne diseases are infections caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
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