Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

Foodborne illness in nondeployed active duty US Army Service Members

Mullaney et al (2019) Epidemiology and Infection 31 March, 2019

A study, published in the scientific journal Epidemiology and Infection estimates the burden of foodborne illness (FBI) caused by five major pathogens among nondeployed US Army service members from 2010 to 2015. The US Army is a unique population that is globally distributed, has its own food procurement system and a food protection system dedicated to the prevention of both unintentional and intentional contamination of food.
The study estimate that five pathogens (Norovirus, Campylobacter jejuni, Shigella spp., Salmonella enterica non-typhoidal and STEC non-O157 caused 45,600 annual illnesses among nondeployed active duty US Army Service members. Of these pathogens, Norovirus, Campylobacter jejuni and Salmonella enterica non-typhoidal were responsible for the most illness.