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An estimate of foodborne illness in the elderly population of the United States, 1987-93

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The purpose of this study is to provide one estimate of the level of foodborne illness in the elderly population of the United States and to examine changes over time in these patterns. The analysis is based upon the National Hospital Discharge Survey done by the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1987 to 1993. A list of foodborne illness is developed using International Classification of Disease Codes , 9th Revision. Major findings are that the counts of foodborne illness for patients 65 years of age and older who were discharged from hospitals are increasing. Illness classified as Unspecified Noninfectious Gastroenteritis and colitis and intestinal infections due to other organisms are most frequently mentioned. Demographic characteristics of age and sex are associated with different levels of foodborne illness. Additional investigation is needed to identify current levels of illness in a population projected to increases significantly in the near future.
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Keywords: ILLNESS-ELDERLY; ILLNESS-FOODBORNE; MORBIDITY; MORBIDITY-ELDERLY; MORBIDITY-FOODBORNE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 1998

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