The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Food Safety Authority launched their annual report on zoonoses and food-borne outbreaks.
The report provides data on 10 zoonotic diseases and on food-borne outbreaks in the European Union for 2011, and supports the European Commission and EU Member States in monitoring and reducing risks related to zoonotic diseases.
The report highlights a reduction of reported human cases of salmonellosis, which dropped by 5% from 2010 and by almost 40% from 2007. Human cases of yersiniosis and brucellosis have also decreased.
On the other hand, the number of cases of campylobacteriosis has increased by 10% over the last four years. Increasing human cases of Shiga toxin/verotoxin -producing Escherichia coli and of alvear echinococcosis have also been reported. Johan Giesecke, Chief Scientist at ECDC, stated: ‘We need to remain vigilant and continue to strengthen our collaboration with all important partners involved in the prevention and control of zoonotic diseases. We can’t lower our guard.’
The full version of the report with data by country and annexes is available ECDC and EFSA websites:
The European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic agents and Food-borne Outbreaks in 2011
Press release: Rise in human infections from Campylobacter and E.coli, whilst Salmonella cases continue to fall: EFSA and ECDC 2011 zoonoses report
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