Report shows rise in Campylobacter and E. coli infections

| April 26, 2013

The latest annual report on zoonoses and foodborne outbreaks in the EU produced by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has recently been published.

The report presents figures for 2011 and reveals a worrying trend in the number of cases of human campylobacteriosis, with a continuous rise in the number of reported cases over the last five years. Reports of human infection with verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) have also been increasing since 2008, but the number of cases of Salmonella infection fell for the seventh year in a row.

Campylobacter is the biggest single cause of zoonotic disease in the EU and 220,209 cases were reported in 2011, up 2.2% over the previous year. A total of 9,485 VTEC infections were reported, but this included the large German O104:H4 outbreak associated with seed sprouts. Salmonella accounted for 95,548 cases of zoonotic disease, and was the commonest cause of the 5,648 foodborne disease outbreaks recorded during the year.

The full report can be found here.

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