Campylobacter causes most diseases spreading between people and animals in Finland

22.1.2009

<div>The European Food Safety Authority EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC have published a report regarding diseases spreading between people and animals, aka zoonoses. The report discusses the status in 2007. Data on zoonoses in Finland are also included in the report.</div>

As in the previous years, campylobacter infections were the most common zoonoses found in humans in the European Union. The number of salmonella infections, on the other hand, decreased in 2007. The occurrence of listeriosis cases remained on the same level as previously.

In Finland, campylobacter infections have for several years dominated the zoonosis statistics. The number of salmonella infections acquired in Finland was still on the decrease, although the total number of salmonella cases increased.

The monitoring studies of campylobacter and salmonella in the food chain proved that our good national status has not changed.

For example, the occurrence of campylobacter in Finnish chicken flocks in 2007 was 7%, and salmonella was found in 0.2% of the flocks, while on EU level campylobacter was reported in 25% and salmonella in 3.7% of chicken flocks.

News release:
http://efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1211902267941.htm  

Full report:
http://efsa.europa.eu/cs/BlobServer/Report/2007_Zoonoses_Community_Summary_Report,0.pdf?ssbinary=true

Infectious diseases in Finland 2007 (National Public Health Institute):
http://www.ktl.fi/attachments/suomi/julkaisut/julkaisusarja_b/2008/2008b10.pdf

For more information, please contact:
Saara Raulo, Evira, Head of Zoonosis Centre, tel. +358 (0)40 825 0261 (zoonosis monitoring)

Markku Kuusi, Chief Physician, National Institute for health and Welfare THL, tel. +358 (0) 20 610 8935 (infections in population)

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