A federal health study said the number of U.S. cases of salmonella enteritidis have been halved in that time, dropping from 3.9 cases per 100,000 in 1995 to 1.98 per 100,000 in 1999. The foodborne epidemic, which spread across the country in the 1980s and early 1990s, was one of the most serious in the nation's recent history.

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