TITLE

Burden of Self-Reported Acute Diarrheal Illness in FoodNet Surveillance Areas, 1998--1999

AUTHOR(S)
Imhoff, Beth; Morse, Dale; Shiferaw, Beletshachew; Hawkins, Marguerite; Vugia, Duc; Lance-Parker, Susan; Hadler, James; Medus, Carlota; Kennedy, Malinda; Moore, Matthew R.; Gilder, Thomas Van
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Clinical Infectious Diseases;4/15/2004 Supplement, Vol. 38, pS219
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
To assess trends in the burden of acute diarrheal illness, the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) conducted a population-based telephone survey during 1998-1999, using a random-digit-dialing, single-stage Genesys-ID sampling method. During the 12-month study period, 12,755 persons were interviewed; after the exclusion of persons with chronic diarrheal illnesses, 12,075 persons were included in the analysis; 6% (n = 645) reported having experienced an acute diarrheal illness at some point during the 4 weeks preceding the interview (annualized rate, 0.72 episodes per person-year). Rates of diarrheal illness were highest among children aged <5 years (1.1 episodes per person-year) and were lowest in persons aged ≥65 years (0.32 episodes per person-year). Twenty-one percent of persons with acute diarrheal illness sought medical care as a result of their illness. Diarrheal illness imposes a considerable burden on the US population and health care system.
ACCESSION #
13046290

 

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