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Chipotle scare: Putting food-borne illness into perspective — 3 key data points

1. Food-borne illnesses represent a substantial health burden in the United States -- but deaths are relatively rare. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year about 1 in 6 Americans or 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food poisoning. In contrast, about 610,000 people die of heart disease and 585,000 from cancer in the country each year.
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