A newly published report on zoonotic (transmissible from animals to humans) infections and foodborne outbreaks in the EU shows that the number of cases of Campylobacter infection fell in 2012 for the first time in five years.
According to the European Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-borne Outbreaks in 2012, jointly compiled by EFSA and the ECDC, a total of 214,000 cases of campylobacteriosis were reported over the year. This makes Campylobacter the commonest cause of zoonotic infections in Europe and the report’s authors warn that it is too early to conclude that the latest figures mark the start of a downward trend.
The number of reported cases of Salmonella infection also fell, to 91,034, continuing a recent trend. The report states that this is largely due to the implementation of successful control programmes for Salmonella in poultry. However, the number of cases of listeriosis rose by 10% over 2011, with 1,642 cases being reported. This rise also continues a recent trend, the reasons for which are unclear.
The report can be found in full on the EFSA website here.