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Foodborne Illness Increase

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - An illness linked to dairy products and chicken, and another from raw shell fish is spreading around the country.

About 19,000 infections were reported in 2013, including 80 deaths.

Food safety specialists say that number should actually be higher, but most people who have food poisoning don't go to the doctor.

Londa Nwadike is a food safety specialist who has been watching the increases in foodborne illnesses.

"Generally speaking, when people think oh i got the 24-hour flu, if you have diarrhea and vomiting, a lot of times it's most likely foodborne illness," said Nwadike.

The number of salmonella infections did decrease last year.

Experts say to avoid getting sick, buy pasteurized or cooked foods and make sure you're cooking meat to the proper temperature.

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