Show: Physician Focus

Episode: Physician Focus: Foodborne Illness

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Episode Description:

This edition of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Physician Focus television program examines the problem of foodborne illness, how food becomes tainted, the kinds of diseases it can cause, who is most at risk, and what consumers can do to protect themselves.

Food contamination has become an increasing problem in the U.S. and that’s raising concern among most Americans. A recent national survey by Thomson Reuters found that 61 per cent of Americans worry about food contamination. Recent cases of contamination have included lettuce, beef, peanut butter, cookie dough, and eggs – the last being the latest in a growing list of tainted foods.

In Massachusetts, the State Department of Public Health estimates that 1.5 million cases of foodborne illness occur each year. Across the nation, diseases from tainted food cause 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths each year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control.

Guest for the program is Alfred DeMaria Jr., M.D., Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease in the Department of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hosting the program is Bruce Karlin, M.D., a primary care physician in Worcester.

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File Name of SD Episode: PF-2010-09-FoodborneIllness.mpg

Total SD Episode Video Runtime (hh:mm:ss): 00:29:58

File Size of SD Episode Video: 1,007,187,972 Bytes

Resolution of SD Episode Video: 720x480

Date SD Episode Video Uploaded: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 15:09

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