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Report warns Salmonella infections back on the rise across EU

The declining trend of salmonellosis cases in European Union countries has leveled off according to the recently published annual report on zoonotic diseases. The EU is the political and economic union of 28 member states with a population of more than 510 million that are located primarily in Europe. Cases of Salmonella Enteritidis acquired in the… Continue Reading

EFSA: Campylobacter and Listeria Cases Rise Again in the European Union

Human cases of listeriosis and campylobacteriosis rose again in 2014 in Europe, continuing an upward trend that began in 2008, reports the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). It stated that salmonellosis cases increased slightly for the first time since 2008. These are the main findings of the latest annual report by EFSA and the European… Continue Reading

First World Antibiotic Awareness Week Focuses on Education

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the governments of several countries want people to learn more about antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today, and, while it occurs naturally, misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals accelerates the process. Monday kicked off the first World Antibiotic Awareness… Continue Reading

EU Illness Report: Campylobacter Leveled Off, Listeria Increased

The number of Campylobacter cases has leveled off in Europe, while Listeriosis is still on the rise, according to a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-borne Outbreaks in… Continue Reading

EU Looks at Animal, Human Antibiotic Resistance

Scientists in the European Union have found that a high proportion of Campylobacter in humans is resistant to ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic critically important for the treatment of human diseases. That is a key finding of a report released jointly last week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention… Continue Reading

Another 41 Cases Added to EU Outbreak Toll

Another 41 confirmed or probable cases of E. coli O104:H4 infection were counted in Europe Friday, increasing the outbreak toll to 3,908, including 765 with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported that three previously counted deaths have been subtracted from the total, lowering it to 41 fatalities. The… Continue Reading

Asymptomatic E. coli Infections Pose New EU Threat

After four students in Germany were sickened by E. coli O104:H4 infections, preliminary tests indicated that 22 out of 30 children at the same school were also infected with the outbreak strain but had no symptoms, health officials reported this week. Asymptomatic E. coli O104:H4 infection was also found in three kitchen workers at the… Continue Reading