Death Gravy

3:00 PM -- The CDC is a buzzkill.

Here's the CDC's Thanksgiving Day bit as most of us look forward to eating potluck dinners prepared in questionable conditions by people we only know because they happen to be relatives:

We estimate that foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. Known pathogens account for an estimated 14 million illnesses, 60,000 hospitalizations, and 1,800 deaths. Three pathogens, Salmonella, Listeria, and Toxoplasma, are responsible for 1,500 deaths each year, more than 75% of those caused by known pathogens, while unknown agents account for the remaining 62 million illnesses, 265,000 hospitalizations, and 3,200 deaths.

I'll just have a can of cranberry sauce and a gallon of V&T, thank you.

— Phil Harvey, Foodborne Illness Editor, Light Reading

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