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Registration of foodborne infections and intoxications examined by Municipal Health Services and Food Inspection Services, 2000

Registratie van voedselinfecties en -vergiftigingen onderzocht door GGD's en Keuringsdiensten van waren, 2000

Synopsis

In this report data are presented on foodborne infections and intoxications in the Netherlands in 2000. Data are based on notifications by consumers to the Food Inspection Services, on standard reports of outbreaks investigated by Municipal Health Services and on statutory notifications by physicians to the Inspectorate for Health Care. At the five regional Food Inspection Services for 2000, 309 outbreaks and 197 sporadic cases of foodborne infections and intoxications were notified, a number comparable to 1999, but lower than reported numbers for 1995-1997. In total, 1698 cases were involved in these incidents. The Municipal Health Services reported 7 outbreak investigations of foodborne infections and intoxications in 2000, with a total of 193 cases. At the Inspectorate for Health Care, 903 patients were individually notified and another 132 were reported as linked to several outbreaks, in total 1035 patients. This was an increase compared to previous years. A probable cause for the foodborne infections and intoxications was found in 14% of the notifications at the Food Inspection Services, in 29% of investigated outbreaks reported by the Municipal Health Services, and in 14% of the patients individually notified to the Inspectorate for Health Care. Because viruses are not included routinely in the investigations, they are probably a much more important cause of foodborne infections than is currently recognized in the Netherlands.
 

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