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Bacterial food-borne illness outbreaks in northern Taiwan, 1995-2001.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15990979     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
How to reduce the occurrence of food-borne illness has always been one issue of great importance in Taiwan's disease prevention and control efforts, and it is important to determine, from survey results, whether the pathogens in Taiwan are the same or different from those in other countries. Accordingly, data on 1171 food-borne illness outbreaks were collected from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of the Department of Health in Taiwan. The patients and the cases were numbered according to the guidelines and definition of food poisoning given by the Department of Health in Taiwan. All rectal swabs for culture were collected from the CDC. During 1995 to 2001, 1171 outbreaks of food-borne illness, including 109,884 cases, were reported in northern Taiwan, of which 735 (62.8%) were caused by bacterial infection. Bacterial pathogens, particularly Vibrio parahaemolyticus (86.0%), Staphylococcus aureus (7.6%), and Salmonella spp. (4.9%) were the main etiologic agents. The responsible pathogens in Taiwan appeared to be quite different from those in Europe and the United States. It is important to establish a unique surveillance net of our own to prevent and control our situation of food-borne disease outbreaks effectively.
Hsun-Pi Su; Shiou-Ing Chiu; Jin-Lai Tsai; Chih-Lung Lee; Tzu-Ming Pan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of infection and chemotherapy : official journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1341-321X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Infect. Chemother.     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-01     Completed Date:  2005-10-20     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9608375     Medline TA:  J Infect Chemother     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  146-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Disease Control, Department of Health Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Bacterial Infections / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Disease Outbreaks*
Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Staphylococcus aureus
Taiwan / epidemiology
Vibrio parahaemolyticus

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