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J Clin Microbiol. 1997 May;35(5):1260-2.

Food-borne disease outbreaks due to bacteria in Taiwan, 1986 to 1995.

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  • 1Bacteriology Division, National Institute of Preventive Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. NIPMI@tpts1.seed.net.tw


Between 1986 and 1995, 852 outbreaks of food-borne disease involving 26,173 cases and 20 deaths were reported in Taiwan. About 80% of the outbreaks occurred in the warmer months, i.e., between April and October. Of the 852 reported outbreaks, 555 (65%) were caused by bacterial pathogens. The three most common bacteria involved were Vibrio parahaemolyticus (35%, 197 of 555 outbreaks), Staphylococcus aureus (30%, 169 of 555 outbreaks), and Bacillus cereus (18%, 104 of 555 outbreaks).

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