Campylobacter and Listeria infection rates rising in the EU

| December 17, 2015

k11505-1iThe latest annual report on zoonoses and foodborne disease outbreaks in the EU has revealed that the number of reported cases of human campylobacteriosis and listeriosis both rose significantly in 2014.

The summary report, compiled jointly by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is based on data collected from 32 European countries. It shows that the total number of reported cases of Campylobacter infection in 2014 was 236,851, a 10% increase over the previous year. Confirmed cases of listeriosis rose by 16% to 2,161.

The number of reported cases of salmonellosis also rose slightly in 2014 for the first time since 2008. However, the number of reported Salmonella outbreaks in the EU has decreased by 44% since 2008.

Commenting on the figures, ECDC Chief Scientist Mike Catchpole said, “It is worrying that Campylobacter and Listeria infections are still rising in the European Union. This situation highlights the importance of enhancing listeriosis surveillance through molecular typing, and strengthening the Campylobacter control measures at EU level.”

The summary report can be downloaded from the EFSA website here.

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