Currently the project is examining mortality due to gastroenteritis of unknown etiology (GUE), which accounts for nearly two-thirds of all deaths due to foodborne pathogens.
ERS has had an important role in estimating the economic costs of foodborne illness, currently estimated at $6.9 billion due to five known microbial pathogens. Projects are ongoing to improve and update these estimates as new knowledge becomes available and estimation techniques improve. </P>
The project is analyzing death certificate data from the 1979-1998 Multiple Cause of Death files and hospitalization records from the 1979-1999 National Hospital Discharge Survey. </p>