Statistics about Food poisoning


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Food poisoning. The term 'prevalence' of Food poisoning usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Food poisoning at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Food poisoning refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Food poisoning diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Food poisoning: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Food poisoning)
  Incidence (annual) of Food poisoning: about 76 million cases annually in USA (NIDDK)
  Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 3 or 27.94% or 76 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Food poisoning: Although most foodborne infections are undiagnosed and unreported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that every year about 76 million people in the United States become ill from pathogens in food. Of these, up to 5,000 die. 1 ... An estimated 76 million cases of foodborne disease occur each year in the United States.2 ... Estimated to cause 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,200 deaths in the United States each year.3
Death and mortality statistics for Food poisoning:
  Deaths from Food poisoning: about 5,000 annually in USA (NIDDK)
  Deaths from Food poisoning: 5,000 deaths related to foodborne diseases each year.2
Society statistics for Food poisoning
  Costs for Food poisoning: $5 to $6 billion (NIAID)
  Costs for Food poisoning: Foodborne illness is also extremely costly. Researchers estimate that the yearly cost of all foodborne diseases in this country is $5 to $6 billion in direct medical expenses and lost productivity. Infections with the bacteria Salmonella and Campylobacter alone account for $1 billion in direct and indirect medical costs. 4
  Hospitalization statistics for Food poisoning: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Food poisoning:
  • 0.001% (168) of hospital consultant episodes were for bacterial foodborne intoxications in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 80% of hospital consultant episodes for bacterial foodborne intoxications required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for bacterial foodborne intoxications were for bacterial foodborne intoxications men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for bacterial foodborne intoxications were for bacterial foodborne intoxications women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for bacterial foodborne intoxications required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6.7 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for bacterial foodborne intoxications in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for bacterial foodborne intoxications in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for bacterial foodborne intoxications in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for bacterial foodborne intoxications occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 19% of hospital consultant episodes for bacterial foodborne intoxications occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for bacterial foodborne intoxications were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.002% (892) of hospital bed days were for bacterial foodborne intoxications in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0003% (35) of hospital consultant episodes were for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 97% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 49 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 63% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 14% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0001% (42) of hospital bed days were for toxic effect of noxious substances eaten as seafood in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Bacteria and Foodborne Illness: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Foodborne Infections General: DBMD
3. excerpt from Foodborne Infections: DBMD
4. excerpt from Foodborne Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: May 27, 2003

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