Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

UK: 180 deaths per year caused by foodborne diseases

BMJ Open Gastroenterology 15 July, 2020

Researchers have estimated there are 180 deaths per year in the United Kingdom caused by foodborne diseases from 11 pathogens. The study publihed in BMJ Open Gastroenterology, provides updated estimates of deaths for each of the 11 key foodborne pathogens considered; in total, these 11 pathogens cause 180 deaths per year in the UK: Foodborne norovirus is estimated to cause 56 deaths per year, foodborne Salmonella 33 deaths, foodborne Listeria monocytogenes 26 deaths and and foodborne Campylobacter 21 deaths. Campylobacter, C. perfringens, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and Norovirus pathogens are responsible for over 98% of these deaths. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) estimates that about 2.4 million cases of foodborne illness occur every year in the UK.
This research highlights the potential severity of Salmonella, L. monocytogenes, C. perfringens, Campylobacter and Norovirus, particularly in comparison with other infectious intestinal diseases that have a food source.