CDC: E. coli illnesses on decline, but other foodborne infections increasing

Efforts to reduce illnesses caused by one of the most dangerous
food borne bacteria, E. coli O157:H7, appear to be paying off, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, but
sickness caused by other pathogens is rising.

Preliminary data released by the CDC showed a 2009 drop in the incidence
of infections from E. coli O157:H7, which can be lethal and is most
commonly associated with ground beef but has also been detected in leafy
greens and raw cookie dough. E. coli infections were the lowest since
2004, the agency said. More:

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