Foodborne illness primer downloadable

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 31, 2005

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The latest edition of The Diagnosis and Management of Foodborne Illness is now available on the American Medical Association Web site (link) for downloading to personal digital assistants. The primer was produced by the AMA in collaboration with several other health professional groups.

The first edition of the primer, released last year, was met with such demand that a PDA edition was created. The primer covers the diagnosis, treatment and reporting of foodborne illness. The latest edition includes sections on hepatitis A, noroviruses, antibiotic-resistant Salmonella, congenital toxoplasmosis and intentional contamination.

Every year in the United States, 76 million people get sick as a result of the food they eat and 5,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The very young, the elderly and the immunocompromised are those most at risk.

The AMA produced the primer in collaboration with the American Nurses Assn., the CDC, the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the Food and Drug Administration and Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

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