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France reported a record high number of foodborne outbreaks in 2022, according to recently released data.

Notified outbreaks were at their highest since the start of surveillance in 1987 and continued the upward trend observed before the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2022, 1,924 outbreaks were declared, affecting 16,763 people, of whom 643 went to hospital, and 17 died, said Santé publique France.

For 376 outbreaks, a pathogen could be confirmed in the food or in at least one sick person. A pathogen was suspected without microbiological confirmation for 1,260 outbreaks. For 288 outbreaks, no infectious agent was identified or suspected.


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The number of children sick in a severe E. coli outbreak in France linked to raw milk cheese has risen to 11.

The 11 hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) cases were reported in late 2023. HUS is a severe complication associated with E. coli infections that causes kidney failure. Santé publique France surveillance on HUS only covers children younger than 15 years old in the country, so there could be other sick people in the outbreak.

Five young children attending the Minimes crèche in Toulouse had to be hospitalized in November. Stool cultures revealed Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection. Cheese

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A cheese made from raw milk has been linked to half a dozen serious E. coli infections in France.

Six cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) have been reported. HUS is a severe complication associated with E. coli infections that causes kidney failure. 

Following severe diarrhea, young children attending the Minimes crèche in Toulouse had to be hospitalized in November. Stool cultures revealed Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infection. Cheese has tested positive for E. coli O26.

The crèche was closed for a few days, but has since reopened. Samples from surfaces were taken and analyzes of the meals were

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Santé Publique France has published details on Campylobacter infections in 2022, including 60 outbreaks.

Epidemiological surveillance findings are based on the National Reference Center (CNR) for Campylobacter and Helicobacter and mandatory declaration of outbreaks.

CNR data shows that 9,160 strains were identified as Campylobacter. Campylobacter jejuni was the most frequently identified species at almost 85 percent, followed by Campylobacter coli and Campylobacter fetus. Most strains were isolated from stools, and a few from blood samples.

A seasonal increase in isolations was observed during the summer period with a peak in August. This seasonality was also seen in previous years.


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A pilot study in France has pointed to a significant under-reporting of shellfish-related foodborne outbreaks.

The objectives of the research were to quantify and describe the health impact of shellfish-related outbreaks as well as the circumstances of occurrence in Brittany, with the end goal of reducing their frequency.

An online questionnaire looked at shellfish consumption between November 2021 and April 2022, the practice of shore fishing, and the occurrence of shellfish outbreaks over the past five years.

A total of 438 responses were received between May and July 2022. Most respondents were women, the median age was 46, and 21

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The number of children who suffered a potentially fatal complication of E. coli infection in France reached a record high in 2022, influenced by the Nestlé pizza outbreak, according to statistics recently released.

Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can be a complication of E. coli infection, is a type of kidney failure that can result in lifelong, serious health problems and death.

In the outbreak caused by frozen Buitoni Fraîch’Up pizzas, 59 patients had a median age of 6. They fell ill between January and April 2022. Two children died.

Record HUS high
The 253 HUS cases in 2022 are the most

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The number of people sick in a botulism outbreak due to contaminated sardines has grown to 15.

Patients include Americans, Canadians, and people from England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland and Spain.

At least ten have been hospitalized, and eight have been admitted to intensive care units. One person has died.

Locally produced and preserved sardines in oil have been confirmed as the vehicle of infection. They were served at the restaurant but not distributed anywhere else.

Local media reported that the Bordeaux public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the incident.

Botulism type B toxin has been identified in

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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 cases yearly.

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that affects livestock and humans. In humans, the disease causes fever, sweats, fatigue, and malaise. People are normally exposed to Brucella by consuming unpasteurized milk products or handling contaminated animal tissues. Most human cases come from regions with highly dense at-risk populations.

The number of

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The number of outbreaks in France went up in 2021 but was still below 2018 and 2019 levels.

Figures from Santé publique France show there were 1,309 outbreaks affecting 11,056 people in 2021. A total of 512 people went to hospitals and 16 died.

Reported outbreaks rose from 1,010 in 2020 when figures were strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to officials.

For 327 incidents in 2021, a pathogen could be microbiologically confirmed in food or in at least one sick person per outbreak. A pathogen was suspected without microbiological confirmation for 734 outbreaks.

16 deaths in outbreaks

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Five people are sick in France, two seriously, and one in Belgium after drinking a brand of raw fermented milk.

In France, four children and one adult have been infected by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O26:H11. They fell ill between the end of March and the beginning of April this year.

Santé publique France has been investigating two cases of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) in the Hauts-de-France and Île-de France regions. The latter was in the context of a family outbreak. The suspected food was fermented raw milk. HUS is a severe complication associated with E. coli infections that

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