The European Union issued the 2020 Zoonoses Report

The EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control report present the results of zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2020 in 27 EU Member States (MS) and nine non-MS. In 2020, the first and second most reported zoonoses in humans were campylobacteriosis and Salmonellosis, respectively. The EU trend for confirmed human cases of these two diseases did not change from 2016 to 2020. Fourteen of the 26 MS reporting data on Salmonella control in poultry met the reduction targets for all poultry categories. For Campylobacter, quantification results from broiler carcasses for the MS group were similar to Salmonellosis. Yersiniosis was the third most reported zoonosis in humans, with 10-fold fewer cases reported than Salmonellosis, followed by Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Listeria monocytogenes infections. The most severe zoonotic diseases with the highest case fatality are caused by L. monocytogenes and West Nile virus infections. In 2020, 27 MS reported 3,086 foodborne outbreaks (a 47.0% decrease from 2019) and 20,017 human cases (a 61.3% decrease). Salmonella remained the most frequently reported causative agent for foodborne outbreaks. @


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