Lettuce amongst foods most likely to spread norovirus

By WEEK Reporter
By NBC News

Lettuce amongst foods most likely to spread norovirus

January 29, 2013 Updated Jan 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- NBC News is reporting that a new study from the Centers of Disease Control shows that salad greens make the most people sick, but contaminated poultry kills the most Americans.

Norovirus is commonly found in salad greens, but generally, the virus came from the hands of the person who prepared it.

The CDC estimates that 48 million Americans get a foodborne illness every year, 128,000 of them are sick enough to go to the hospital and 3,000 die.

The CDC says that usually the bacteria, virus or parasite responsible is never identified, and usually the particular food isn’t as well.

The report says that cooking food will kill most diseases and that the reason that fruits and vegetables cause so many foodborne illnesses is because many are consumed raw.

NBC News' report can be read HERE.

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