CzechRep seriously hit by salmonella, campylobacter - EU study

Source of Article:  http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/czechrep-seriously-hit-by-salmonella-campylobacter-eu-study/356004

published: 20.01.2009, 22:57 | updated: 20.01.2009 23:53:25

Brussels - The Czech Republic is the most afflicted by the dangerous campylobacter and salmonella microbes out of all EU member states, it ensues from a study released in Brussels.

The study has been worked out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

A research into the occurrence of infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans has concluded that the incidence of campylobacter-provoked diseases has been rising in the EU 27, while the number of patients suffering from salmonellosis provoked by salmonella bacteria has been in declining, on the contrary.

In 2007 over 200,000 people suffered from campylobacter infections in the EU, which was 14 percent more than in 2006.

A total of 24,000 cases were registered in the 10-million Czech Republic, that is 234 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is the highest incidence of the EU member states, according to the study.

Andrea Ammon from the ECDC told CTK that it is hard to say why the situation in the Czech Republic in this respect is worse that in other EU countries.

Moreover, the Czech Republic has the highest occurrence of salmonellosis per capita. The sources of infection are mostly raw or rotten food products.

Over 151,000 cases of salmonellosis were reported in the whole EU in 2007.

More than 17,000 people suffered from this disease in the Czech Republic, which is over 170 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The situation in the neighbouring Slovakia was only slightly better with 155 cases of salmonellosis per 100,000 inhabitants in 2007.

Author: ČTK

 

 

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