Top 5 deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S.

on June 18 2011 3:38 PM
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International Business Times compiled the top five deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks that caused more than 2,000 Americans fall into sickness or death.

The culprit for all five outbreaks was Salmonellosis.

The most common symptoms of salmonella poisoning are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and vomiting. The infection can be life-threatening to infants, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, when consuming contaminated food.

Click “start” to see the top five deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S.:

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