If you eat out at a restaurant or food stand and come down with food poisoning afterward — the food may not be the only thing to blame.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) out this week summarized data from 800 outbreaks due to foodborne illnesses at U.S. restaurants in 25 states during the years 2017-2019.
The report found that 40% of foodborne outbreaks with an identifiable cause were associated with sick workers — most often due to a virus known as norovirus.
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A bacteria known as salmonella was the second most identifiable cause of the foodborne outbreaks in approximately 19% of the cases, the CDC said.
Norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne illness — yet salmonella leads to more hospitalizations and deaths, according to the CDC.