Public health officials in Ireland have issued a warning following a large increase in cryptosporidium infections in the past month.

The Health Service Executive-Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said the rise in the parasitic infections during the past few weeks is mostly affecting children.

Since the beginning of March, the
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An Australian state has recorded a decline in gastrointestinal diseases during the period measures were in place to control the coronavirus pandemic.

The study covered communicable disease surveillance in Central Queensland for six months after the introduction of physical distancing and wider lockdown measures in Queensland.

Data from April to
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The decline in testing referrals for certain diseases during the coronavirus pandemic was greatest for foodborne and waterborne infections, according to an analysis in Norway.

The project compares the number of referrals for diagnostic testing of selected notifiable pathogens and the proportion that tested positive during six months of the
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Adequate surveillance programs for most foodborne parasites in Europe are lacking, according to a recently published study.

Researchers found although human and animal data are available for five selected parasites, the surveillance and reporting requirements vary among and within regions and countries, and among national experts and European bodies.

In
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The number of people infected with E. coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter decreased but there was an increase for Listeria in Sweden in 2019.

The report, published by the National Veterinary Institute (SVA), also noted record highs for Yersinia and cryptosporidium.

Domestic incidence of campylobacteriosis was lower in 2019 compared with
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The number of Campylobacter, E. coli, and Salmonella infections all increased in Norway this past year.

Overall, there were more food and waterborne infections in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet). For information on outbreaks see our previous article.

Campylobacteriosis went past
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