When we hear about foodborne illnesses, we may think of things such as just Salmonella or E. coli. However, people can transfer other diseases through contaminated food and water. What’s even worse is that you can’t tell it is poisonous until it’s too late. Foodborne illnesses are easy to spread and hard to notice beforehand due to them being pretty much invisible to the naked eye. Luckily, there are ways to avoid coming down with a foodborne illness, with many precautions to take that can.
Some foodborne illnesses are more severe than others. In certain cases, it depends on the health of the person who contracts them; that is, if they have a strong immune system in the first place. This article talks about the many different types of foodborne illnesses. Not only that, it details some of the worst foodborne illness outbreaks ever recorded. Food poisoning can happen to anyone, especially when you least expect it. It’s not always preventable, but remember, there are many ways to help prevent its spread. Keep reading to learn about the worst recorded foodborne illnesses in history, and ways to prevent future spread.
How many people around the world get food poisoning each year?
Even if you take precautions cooking and handling your food correctly, you can still get sick with a pathogen. Sure, you use your meat thermometer diligently, wash your countertops and your hands, keep raw and cooked meats separately, and even follow other health-safety rules. Nevertheless, according to IFT.org, almost one in ten people worldwide get sick from foodborne illnesses every year. That means an estimated 600 million people will experience these awful symptoms on an annual basis. Furthermore, IFT.org explains that out of those 600 million, 420,000 will die from consuming contaminated food or water each year.
What are those stats like for the United States? According to IFT.org, 48 million people become ill from foodborne illnesses in the United States each year. Out of that number, 128,000 people are hospitalized. Furthermore, 3,000 of those cases will be fatal. Why is it such a huge number when we have improved food handling, cooking, and storing practices? Maybe because there are 31 notable foodborne viruses, toxins, parasites, and bacteria in the world. Here are some of the most common.