Campylobacter and Salmonella infections increased by almost 20 percent in 2018 in Slovakia, according to the country’s annual report on foodborne diseases.

Data was compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic.

In 2018, 29,080 human diseases caused by pathogens were reported, of which almost a third were campylobacteriosis and nearly a quarter were salmonellosis. More than half of all 1,041 outbreaks were due to Salmonella and almost one-fifth because of Campylobacter.

Slovakia reported 804 foodborne outbreaks in 2018 which was higher than the figure for 2017, according to a report from the European Food
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European networks tasked with identifying emerging risks discussed 18 potential issues in 2018.

They were classified according to hazard with microbiological responsible for 10 issues, two for chemical and other, such as antimicrobial resistance and allergies, were discussed once.

Risks were also classed by the driver behind the emerging issue such as three times for new process or technology, twice for illegal activity and new consumer trends and one was climate change related. Five were not considered to be emerging issues.

The variety of briefings indicates effectiveness to capture a broad range of relevant issues with members discussing an increasing
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Norovirus was responsible for the most foodborne outbreaks in Norway this past year, according to a recent report.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) found it caused 17 outbreaks while enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and Salmonella were both behind four incidents each.

The number of foodborne outbreaks increased to 52 in 2018 from 36 in 2017. A total of 1,109 people reported illness linked to the outbreaks in 2018. The number of cases ranged from two to 148 per outbreak with a median of 13.

Norovirus was also the most common agent in foodborne outbreaks between 2014 and 2016
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Listeria, MRSA, Streptococcus, and Enterococcus can all be identified much quicker by  the Verigene GP Blood  Culture Nuclear Acid Test (BC-GP), which got marketing approval from the U.S, Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Verigene test is manufactured by Northbrook, IL-based Nanosphere. FDA’s decision was based on the study of 1,642 patient blood samples obtained from incubated blood culture bottles that contained gram-positive bacteria.  The study included a comparison of BC-GP and traditional blood culture laboratory methods. The quicker Verigene test was consistent with traditional blood culture methods 93 percent of the time. FDA said BC-GP testing would make it
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