Rate of Foodborne Pathogens Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels

The incidence of pathogens commonly transmitted through food generally increased to pre-pandemic levels in 2022, according to research published in the June 30 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Miranda J. Delahoy, Ph.D., from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and colleagues conducted surveillance for laboratory-diagnosed infections caused by eight pathogens transmitted commonly through food at 10 U.S. sites to examine progress toward prevention of enteric infections in the United States.

The researchers observed decreases in many infections from 2020 to 2021 as a result of behavioral modifications, public health interventions, changes in healthcare seeking, and testing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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