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Priority setting of foodborne pathogens: disease burden and costs of selected enteric pathogens

Prioritering van voedsel overdraagbare pathogenen: ziektelast en ziektegebonden kosten

Synopsis

Toxoplasmosis causes the highest disease burden among seven evaluated foodborne pathogens. This is the preliminary conclusion of a major study of the disease burden and related costs of foodborne pathogens. The other micro-organisms that were studied are Campylobacter spp., Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157, noroviruses and rotaviruses. The viruses caused the highest costs (mainly due to sickness leave). The study aims to support the setting of priorities in food safety policy. Currently, all transmission routes of the micro-organisms were evaluated, the specific contribution of food will be evaluated later. Attention will also be paid to trends, the effectiveness of preventive measures and risk perception by consumers.
 

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