• Number of cases of microbiological foodborne diseases (Line chart)
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Data set notes
European Health for All database

Indicators: 611
Updated: 15 June 2018
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The following abbreviations are used in the indicator titles:
•    SDR: age-standardized death rates (see HFA-DB user manual/Technical notes, page 13, for details)
•    FTE: full-time equivalent
•    PP: physical persons
•    PPP$: purchasing power parities expressed in US $, an internationally comparable scale reflecting the relative domestic purchasing powers of currencies.

Indicator notes
Number of cases of microbiological foodborne diseases
Indicator code: E225203.T

Self-explanatory.See WHO indicator no. 220200._
Country notes
Albania
Source: Institute of Public Health
Armenia
Source of data: National Health Information Analytic Center, Ministry of Health of the Republic of
Armenia http://moh.am/?section=static_pages/index&id=625&subID=824,29.
Data collected annually, reference period: 31 December.
Belgium
Source: Federal Public Service of Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, Scientific
Institute of Public Health.
Although in 2010 the number of reported outbreaks was almost the same as previous years, the number
of ill people was much greater due to a great water borne outbreak were more than 12000 persons were
exposed and at least 3000 became ill
(http://www.favv.be/publicationsthematiques/Report-zoonotic-agents-Belgium.asp). The numbers refer
to the number of people affected in reported foodborne disease outbreaks, and not to the total
number of microbiological foodborne illnesses.
Cyprus
No data are available
Czechia
Source: Ministry of Health of CR. Break in time series: Until 1992 data indicates the number of
cases in epidemics only. From 1993 we report the total absolute number of cases (epidemics and
sporadic and family occurrence).
Reduction in year 2012 caused by the reduction in number of salmonella outbreaks due to successful
implementation of veterinary programmes for infection control in poultry.
Denmark
Source: Annual Report on Zoonoses in Denmark, by DTU FOOD, National Food Institute.
http://www.food.dtu.dk/Publikationer/Foedevaresikkerhed/Annual_report_on_zoonoses
Estonia
Source: Health Protection Inspectorate till 2009. Since 2010 National Health Board
Finland
Source: Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira).
France
Source of data: Institute de veille sanitaire (French Institute for public health surveillance)
http://www.invs.sante.fr/Dossiers-thematiques/Maladies-infectieuses/Maladies-a-declaration-obligatoi
re/Toxi-infections-alimentaires-collectives
Georgia
Source: National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia (NCDC)
(http://www.ncdc.ge).
Break in time series: 2011
Up to 2011, only ICD 10 code A05 was included in notifiable foodborne diseases. Since 2012, the list
of notifiable foodborne diseases includes diseases with ICD 10 code A05, T61, T62 and T64.
Germany
Source (since 2001): Robert Koch-Institute, Infectious Disease Surveillance Report, Statistics on
Notifiable Infectious Diseases (data as of March 1, 2015).
http://www3.rki.de/SurvStat (interactive database SurvStat@RKI) or http://www.gbe-bund.de
Coverage: Starting from January 1, 2001, the data have been procured by the Robert Koch-Institute in
compliance with the Infectious Disease Control Act. Cases that are transmitted to the Robert
Koch-Institute are filtered according to a so-called ¯Reference Definition® before being published.
All charts and tables in publications of the Robert Koch-Institute refer to cases that comply to the
reference definition - unless otherwise noted.
Data contain the number of all cases of notifiable infectious diseases with ICD-10 A00 Cholera,
A01.0 Typhoid fever, A02.0, A02.1 Salmonellosis, A03 Shigellosis, A04.0 - A04.2, A04.4
E.-coli-Enteritis, A04.3 EHEC (without HUS), A04.5 Campylobacter enteritis, A05.1 Botulism, A07.1
Giardiasis, A07.2 Cryptosporidiosis, A23 Brucellosis, A28.2 Yersiniosis, A32, P37.2 Listeriosis, B15
Hepatitis A, B17.2 Hepatitis E, B75 Trichinosis, D59.3 HUS (haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome,
enteropathic).
Excluded are A08.1 Norwalk-like virus disease and A08.0 Rotavirus disease.
In 2001 all cases of D59.3 HUS (haemolytic uraemic-syndrome, enteropathic) were included in the data
of EHEC.
Source (1991-2000): Federal Statistical Office, Statistics on other illnesses which require
registration, Fachserie 12, Reihe 2.
http://www.gbe-bund.de
Coverage: Data contain the number of all cases of enteritis infectiosa (salmonellosis and remaining
forms) reported in compliance with the Federal Contagious Diseases Act (BSeuchG -
Bundesseuchengesetz). Due to certain difficulties in the evaluation and recording of data a
substantial underreporting has to be assumed.
Break in time series: By the Law of the rearrangement for legal epidemic instructions (SeuchRNeuG)
the previous Federal Contagious Diseases Act (BSeuchG) got void. At the same time the basis of the
federal statistic for notifiable diseases was omitted by the new law. The responsibility of the
collection, interpretation and publication of the transmitted missions by the local health
authorities passed into the hands of the Robert Koch-Institute. The years before 2001 are therefore
not comparable to the following years.
Iceland
Source: Until 2001: Environment & Food Agency (formerly The National Centre for Hygiene, Food
Control and Environmental Protection).
For more recent years, figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
should be used.
Ireland
Source: Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
Figures refer to notified cases of Food Poisoning, Salmonellosis (other than typhoid or paratyphoid)
and Bacillary Dysentry (Shigellosis). Since 2004, refers to cases of: B cereus, botulism,
campylobacter infection, C perfringens, listeriosis, staphylococcal food poisoning, yersiniosis,
trichinosis, salmonellosis and shigellosis.
Israel
Source: Department of Epidemiology, Ministry of Health.
Latvia
Data are not available.
Lithuania
Source: Centre for Communicable Diseases Control and AIDS.
Luxembourg
Source: ECDC- Surveillance Atlas of Infectious Diseases / Laboratoire National de Sante.
Before 2013: Direction de la sante, Division de l'inspection sanitaire.
Since 2013: Includes the number of cases of botulism, campylobacteriosis, escherichia coli infection
(VTEC), listeriosis, salmonellosis, shigellosis, trichinellosis, yersiniosis.
Before 2013: Salmonellosis only. Typhoid and paratyphoid fevers are excluded.
Malta
Number of cases included only sporadic non-imported cases from 2003 onwards.
Source: Infectious Disease Prevention & Control Unit,Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Directorate (reviewed the data of 2007-2012. Only confirmed cases are now included. This has
resulted in some increase in the numbers of total confirmed cases and a reduction in the numbers of
outbreaks in 5 out of six years.
Netherlands
Source: NN=National Notification to Inspectorate for Health Care (RIVM).
Coverage: Until 2008, the data refer to the statutory notifications. From 2009 onwards, data cover
also and are integrated with the registration of the Food and Goods Authority. Data include cases
linked with the outbreaks plus individual cases.
Note: The high value in 2012 is due to an outbreak of Salmonella Thompson, because of infected
smoked salmon.
Republic of Moldova
The indicator includes all persons affected in cases of mass poisoning.
The number of cases of microbial poisoning within a year is determined as follows:
- During outbreaks, on the basis of the final reports of the outbreak investigation submitted to the
National Center of Public Health.
- In general, outbreaks in the country - on the basis of the annual reporting forms ?18 (table ?22),
approved by the Ministry of Health Order ?1168 from 10.28.2014, which are annually submitted to the
National Center of Public Health by the regional and departmental Public Health Centres.
Data on some nosological forms, such as cholera, typhoid fever, etc. are promptly submitted to the
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova on each detected case.
Increase in the number of outbreaks and the number of cases of microbiological foodborne disease is
due to the increase in number of outbreaks in catering facilities and trade, in summer health
resorts and kindergartens, after the transfer of the control over these objects to the National
Agency for Food Safety in 2012.
Romania
Source: National Institute for Public Health.
Serbia
Source of data: Institute of Public Health of Serbia.
Slovakia
Source: Institute of Public Health, Banska Bystrica from 1990
Slovenia
Source of data: National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia (NIJZ).
Coverage: national coverage (whole Slovenia).
Spain
Source: Instituto de Salud Carlos III. Centro Nacional de Epidemiologia. www.isciii.es
Infection or intoxication due to microbiologically contaminated food (Salmonellas, Estafilococo, C.
perfringens,Shigella sonnei, C.Botulinum, Other and Unknown). Contaminated water as common origin
is excluded.
Sweden
Source: National Food administration. The National Food Agency is the central administrative
authority for matters concerning food.
http://www.livsmedelsverket.se/sok/?q=rapporterade+matf%c3%b6rgiftningar
An outbreak counts when more than two people are involved, except for C. botulinum were more than
one person is enough. Number of reported outbreaks and cases of microbial food-borne illnesses have
increased over the years (1993-2014).
Switzerland
Source of data: Coverage: Deviation from the definition: Estimation method: Break in time series:
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Source: Registration form for communicable diseases; Institute for Public Health (IPH)
Turkey
Source of data: Public Health Institution of Turkey, Ministry of Health of Turkey.
Method: Includes the number of cases of outbreaks occurring from microbiological foodborne disease
in a year. It does not include individual cases in a year.
In 2012 figure is higher than for previous years presumably because of a change in the reporting
system and Syrian refugees.
Turkmenistan
Data are not available.
United Kingdom
Coverage: 2004 onwards ? Data not available
Break in Time Series: Data from 1987 onwards include campylobacter cases in Scotland (figures before
1987 do not include such cases in Scotland). Data collection methods in Scotland changed in 1995.