As many as 25 percent of Americans contract a foodborne illness every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Experts estimate that there are 87 million illnesses, 317,000 hospitalizations, and 5,700 deaths a year, with only a small fraction linked to major outbreaks.
Last month, 8-year-old Brianna Shanor was killed by her guardian's dog in Beaver County. The girl's body was found in a trailer where the dog was kept chained. Events like these are tragic but also rare – according to experts, dog attacks are hardly ever fatal and most can be prevented.