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EFSA says wild birds spread avian flu to E.U. member states

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says migratory wild birds are spreading avian influenza around the globe. The Parma, Italy-based food safety agency figures migration routes crossing the north-eastern and eastern EU borders are the most likely pathway for avian flu entering the continent. In the United States, experts at the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service say… Continue Reading

Increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria blamed on use

Three European agencies concerned about the impact antibiotic use on the increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria are reporting new data on antibiotic consumption and antibiotic resistance across the continent. The new report comes from the European Food Safety Authority, the European Medicines Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. “To contain antibiotic resistance… Continue Reading

Europe’s Three Hepatitis A Outbreaks in 2013: What Can We Learn?

In the first half of 2013, Europe dealt with three simultaneous outbreaks from the hepatitis A virus. Knowing that at least two of those outbreaks were connected to frozen berries, Europe’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control set out to describe what could be learned from those outbreaks in an article published in Eurosurveillance. Those… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Nordic Countries Linked to Frozen Berries

A hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries has sickened as many as 56 people in 4 of Europe’s Nordic countries, according to health officials. The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that 16 hepatitis A infections arising from the same strain of the virus have been reported in Denmark, Finland, Norway… Continue Reading

Officials Tracking Outbreak of Rare Salmonella Strain in Seven EU States

Turkeys suspected as source of bacteria

European Union health officials are investigating an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Stanley that has sickened over 400 people in seven member countries. While S. Stanley infections are rare outside of Southeast Asia and usually appear only among those who have traveled there, this outbreak is thought to have originated in poultry – probably turkey –… Continue Reading

Study: Climate Change May Impact Outbreaks

The transmission of foodborne pathogens may be impacted by the effects of climate change, according to a report released March 28 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Studying hundreds of peer-reviewed publications on six different food- and waterborne pathogens, the report’s authors observed 1,653 “key facts” that link the viability of those… Continue Reading

Salmonella Illnesses on Decline in Europe

For six consecutive years, cases of Salmonella infection fell in Europe, while campylobacteriosis remained the most reported foodborne illness, with the number of cases increasing over the five years ending in 2010. E. coli infections also rose, but there was progress in reducing illnesses caused by Listeria monocytogenes. That’s a summary from the European Food… Continue Reading