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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1,034 food-borne disease outbreaks were reported in the year 2008 alone. During that year, 22 people died and 23,000 were sickened as a result of food poisoning. In addition, more than 1,200 people -- about 6 percent of those who were sickened -- were hospitalized due to food poisoning. The top three causes of hospitalization in 2008 due to food-borne illnesses were salmonella (62 percent), E. coli (17 percent) and Norovirus (7 percent). Salmonella infections can cause severe symptoms including fever, diarrhea, sever stomach pain and cramping. The young, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to these salmonella infections.