Experts in Belgium have taken part in an exercise to improve management of foodborne outbreaks in the country.

The event, coordinated this past month by Sciensano, the national public health institute, covered a fictional Salmonella outbreak.

The simulated exercise was developed by the One Health European Joint Program (OH-EJP), the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Practice from actual outbreak
About 30 representatives of organizations that play a role in the management of such outbreaks in Belgium met for two days to follow step by step a fake, but realistic, national salmonellosis

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