Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Comparison of foodborne disease rates between countries

1 August, 2020

Foodborne disease presents a continuous threat to public health, with a significant economic impact on communities in the UK and worldwide. Estimating the true incidence of foodborne infectious intestinal disease (IID) has proven challenging. Established surveillance systems are vulnerable to under-diagnosis of infections causing mild illness, as cases may not present to healthcare. Under-reporting of infections occur when specimens are not submitted for testing, or test results are not reported. In terms of trade and global health, it is important to understand and compare incidence of foodborne IID in different countries.
Methodologies have been developed and adapted that attempt to estimate pathogen-specific incidence of foodborne IID within countries, using data from multiple sources. 
Researchers compared the ways different countries estimate how many people suffer from food poisoning each year, in an effort to assess whether these estimates could be compared with the UK.
Researchers concluded that the UK is using the most accurate approach available.

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