Emerging Infectious Diseases

Scientists have suggested making Streptococcus suis infections reportable in Europe to improve surveillance, given the severity of the disease.

Researchers surveyed seven reference laboratories and reviewed the scientific literature to increase insight into the epidemiology of human Streptococcus suis infections in Europe.

They identified 236 such infections and an additional

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A study has shown increased detection of mild E. coli infections and revised lab testing practices in Australia which may lead to changes in public health response.

In Queensland, 31 of 96 Shiga toxin‒producing E. coli (STEC) cases during 2020 to 2022 were reported by a specialty pathology laboratory for alternative health

Continue Reading Scientists analyze reasons for rise in mild E. coli infections

Researchers have found Anisakis larvae in tested samples of fish in Slovakia and called on authorities to step up monitoring of marine parasites.

Scientists revealed extensive infection of fish products with Anisakis larvae and seropositive cases in a group of volunteers regularly eating fish products.

Anisakiasis is a parasitic disease caused by

Continue Reading Scientists urge Anisakis focus after parasite findings

Three recently published studies have detailed foodborne botulism and Campylobacter outbreaks in Japan.

The first, published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, covered an outbreak of botulism in 2021 caused by Clostridium botulinum in Kumamoto.

A meal eaten in a domestic residence was the suspected cause, and four patients were affected.

Continue Reading A trio of studies cover different outbreaks in Japan

Scientists have estimated that the global incidence of Brucella infections is much higher than previously believed.

Findings suggest that at least 1.6 to 2.1 million new cases of human brucellosis occur every year. This differs significantly from one of the most cited references, which predicts an incidence of 500,000 new

Continue Reading Estimates suggest more Brucella cases than previously suspected

Vaccination programs and public awareness campaigns could reduce the number of people affected by tick-borne encephalitis virus, which is sometimes foodborne, according to researchers.

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is a viral infection of the central nervous system. Humans mainly acquire TBE through tick bites, but it is occasionally contracted through consuming

Continue Reading Study details scale of foodborne tick-borne encephalitis in Europe

Researchers have estimated that Japan had around 20,000 anisakiasis cases each year in 2018 and 2019. These figures are much higher than official data.

Anisakiasis is a parasitic disease caused by anisakid worms. Transmission occurs when infective larvae are ingested from fish or squid that are eaten raw or undercooked.

Continue Reading Scientists find large gap in anisakis estimates and official statistics