Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

UK: Antimicrobial resistance in Campylobacter from retail chilled chicken

15 January, 2018 The development and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a public health concern worldwide. The use of antibiotics is important in treating infections and preventing disease from arising in both animals and humans. However, the overuse and/or misuse of antibiotics in both animal husbandry and healthcare settings has been linked to the emergence and spread of microorganisms which are resistant to them, rendering treatment ineffective and posing a risk to public health.
A Microbiological Survey of Campylobacter Contamination in Fresh Whole UK Produced Chilled Chickens at Retail Sale (2015-16), presents antimicrobial resistance data for a subset of those Campylobacter isolates collected as part of this survey. Read More

UK: H5N6 in Dorset

12 January, 2018 DEFRA has confirmed avian influenza (HPAI) H5N6 in 17 wild birds at Abbottsbury, Dorset - 15 in mute swans, 1 Canada Goose and 1 Potchard Duck. The strain is the European strain, as opposed to the Asian strain, which is not associated with humans.This strain has already been identified in dead wildfowl found recently in Holland and Germany. Read More

Japan: avian influenza

10 January, 2018 Japan's agriculture ministry reported a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Kagawa prefecture, western Japan. 100,000 broiler chickens are present at the farm.
Japan's last outbreak of avian influenza occurred in March. Read More

Avian Influenza A(H5N1) virus in Lebanon 2016

EID Vol 24, Number 2 - February 2018 9 January, 2018 In Lebanon, no cases of infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus were reported in poultry or humans before 2016. On April 20, 2016, the Lebanon Ministry of Agriculture confirmed the presence of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus on 2 poultry farms in Nabi Chit village located in the Bekaa region, adjacent to the border of Lebanon with Syria. The Ministry of Agriculture culled all domestic birds within a 3-km radius of infected farms. A total of 60,000 birds were culled from 7 farms (including the 2 infected farms) and 10 households with backyards. All farms were disinfected, and organic remains were disposed safely. Indemnity was provided to farmers by the Higher Relief Council. Read More

Chile: The largest Salmonella outbreak in years

9 January, 2018 Chile reports largest Salmonella outbreak in years, linked to homemade mayonnaise. Health officials in the Bio Bio Region of Chile are reporting a large outbreak of Salmonella that has affected 174 persons. The outbreak has been linked to homemade mayonnaise from the local “Dulce y Salado” in the city of Lota. Read More

Iraq reports outbreak of H5N8

8 January, 2018 Iraq has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in Diyala in the center of the country.
The virus detected n Dec. 27 at a farm of 43,000 birds and killed 7,250 of them. Read More

Chicken still main source of campylobacter infections in Denmark

5 January, 2018 Almost half of all campylobacter infections in Denmark are caused by consumption of domestic chicken meat.Campylobacter is the leading cause of foodborne infections in Denmark. A total of 4,677 campylobacter infections were registered in 2016, but these are only the tip of the iceberg: estimates suggest that for every registered case of campylobacter, another 12 cases go unreported.
Researchers from the National Food Institute have produced a report for the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, which show what proportion of cases acquired in Denmark can be attributed to eight different food and environmental sources. Government and industry will use these data when designing the next Action Plan on Campylobacter. Read More