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GAYLE DE MARIA
Agro FOOD Industry Hi Tech

Campylobacter decreases slightly, Salmonella down, Listeria up – EFSA and ECDC say
Human cases of campylobacteriosis decreased slightly in 2012 for the first time in five years, but campylobacteriosis remains the most commonly reported zoonotic disease and it is premature to suggest that this is the beginning of a downward trend. Salmonella cases in humans have continued to fall, marking a decrease for the seventh consecutive year. The trend in reported human cases of Listeria has been gradually increasing over the past four years. These are some of the main findings of the annual report on zoonoses and foodborne outbreaks in the European Union for 2012.

Key findings
Campylobacteriosis is still the most reported disease, accounting for 214,000 cases of infections. Typical symptoms include diarrhoea, fever and headache. The bacterium that causes the disease, Campylobacter, is mostly found in chicken meat.
It is encouraging to see that cases of campylobacteriosis have gone down in 2012. But more investigation and monitoring is ...
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