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Record 1 2018-03-19


Subject field(s)
  • Epidemiology
  • Human Diseases
  • Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Food Safety

An outbreak of foodborne illness occurs when a group of people consume the same contaminated food and two or more of them come down with the same illness. It may be a group that ate a meal together somewhere, or it may be a group of people who do not know each other at all, but who all happened to buy and eat the same contaminated item from a grocery store or restaurant. For an outbreak to occur, something must have happened to contaminate a batch of food that was eaten by the group of people. Often, a combination of events contributes to the outbreak. A contaminated food may be left out a room temperature for many hours, allowing the bacteria to multiply to high numbers, and then be insufficiently cooked to kill the bacteria.

Key term(s)
  • outbreak of foodborne illness


  • Épidémiologie
  • Maladies humaines
  • Microbiologie et parasitologie
  • Salubrité alimentaire

Éclosion d'une maladie humaine avec preuve déterminante (épidémiologique ou de laboratoire) qui indique qu'un aliment était la source commune d'exposition au contaminant responsable de la maladie.


Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Epidemiología
  • Enfermedades humanas
  • Microbiología y parasitología
  • Inocuidad Alimentaria

Episodio en el cual tres o más personas presentan una enfermedad similar después de ingerir alimentos y/o productos alimenticios, incluida el agua, con el mismo origen y donde la evidencia epidemiológica o el análisis del laboratorio implica a los alimentos y/o al agua como vehículos de la misma.

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