(ATLANTA) -- Epidemiologists say that officials need to be prepared to catch food-borne illnesses quickly, otherwise the results could be fatal and epidemic, HealthDay reports.
Dr. Casey Behravesh, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicated that the sooner authorities interview sick people, and determine what contaminated food they consumed, the sooner the source of the outbreak can be seized.
The difficulty of catching these potentially deadly outbreaks quickly is obtaining sufficient federal funding. The Food Safety Modernization Act was designed for U.S. Food and Drug Administration prevention of food-borne illnesses, but Congress still needs to rubber-stamp grants.
A salmonella outbreak in 2008 made 1,500 people ill and left two people dead.
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