Foodborne Disease Surveillance

WHO Consultation on Methods on Foodborne Disease Surveillance

The WHO Consultation on Methods on Foodborne Disease Surveillance in Selected Sites held from
18-21 March 2002 at the Leipzig University, Germany was organized with the following objectives:

  • Categorize disease surveillance systems according to their capacity to generate information on foodborne diseases.
  • Establish criteria for initiating studies for identifying the burden of foodborne disease in selected countries.
  • Develop a general work plan for conducting studies for identifying the burden of foodborne disease in selected countries.
  • Assess whether extrapolation of results to other countries in the regions is possible to obtain a global overview.
  • Describe how the burden of disease estimates contribute to the development of systematic and sustainable preventive measures aimed at a reduction of foodborne illnesses.

Based on this Consultation studies are being conducted in Jordan, Viet Nam, Cuba and Slovenia. These studies aims to establish sentinel sites in developing countries, to strengthen foodborne disease outbreak investigation and response capability at the international, regional and national level.

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