Top 5 pathogens contributing to foodborne illnesses

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following five pathogens contributed to the most domestically acquired foodborne illnesses in 2011:

1. Norovirus: 5,461,731 estimated illnesses

2. Salmonella: 1,027,561 estimated illnesses

3. Clostridium perfringens: 965,958 estimated illnesses

4. Campylobacter spp: 845,024 estimated illnesses

5. Staphylococcus aureus: 241,148 estimated illnesses

— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention