The Economic Research Service (ERS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced new data about the estimated costs of the main foodborne illnesses recorded in US in 2013.
The information about the 15 most important pathogens in US (the culprits, as a whole, of more than 95% of the foodborne illnesses cases that have been identified by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention [CDCs]) has been published.
These pathogens are:
- Campylobacter (all the species)
- Clostridium perfringens
- Cryptosporidium parvum
- Cyclospora cayetanensis
- Escherichia coli O157
- Non-Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli O157
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Salmonella (non-typhoidal)
- Shigella (all the species)
- Toxoplasma gondii
- Vibrio parahaemolyticus
- Vibrio vulnificus
- Vibrio (all the other species that do not cause cholera)
- Yersinia enterocolitica
In the calculations about the cost of the diseases they include: the identification of the specific disease, the outpatient and hospitalization medical care expenses, the associated lost salaries and the estimation of the will of the individuals to pay to reduce the mortality derived from the food poisoning cases in US.
As a whole, foodborne illnesses cases entailed an estimated cost of USD15,600 million. In 2013, the most expensive ones were those caused by Salmonella (USD3,600 million), followed by those caused by Listeria monocytogenes (USD2,800 million).
The publication consists of 15 Excel files in which the outcomes of the disease caused by each pathogen are explained in detail, together with the associated costs, technical notes and documents, and links to associated research projects and associated publications.
Tuesday October 7, 2014/ ERS-USDA/ United States.