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Wednesday, July 18, 2007


What is killing the people of the world?

With a hat tip to Cookie Jill over at Skippy, one more addition to my list of threats that are more significant than terrorism:
An estimated 76 million cases of foodborne disease occur each year in the United States. The great majority of these cases are mild and cause symptoms for only a day or two. Some cases are more serious, and CDC estimates that there are 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths related to foodborne diseases each year.
And no, Cookie Jill's cookies are not involved in this problem in any way whatsoever. :-)

Update: And from the comments on the linked post, an even bigger threat:

According to the CDC, bacterial infections acquired in hospitals kill at least 90,000 people per year in the U.S.

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