Foodborne Disease Surveillance

Foodborne Disease Surveillance

Background


Worldwide, foodborne diseases, and more especially diarrhoeal diseases, are an important cause of morbidity and mortality.

In developed countries, surveillance of foodborne disease is a fundamental component of food safety systems. Surveillance data are used for planning, implementing and evaluating public health policies. There is therefore a strong need to strengthen surveillance systems for foodborne disease.

WHO is developing a comprehensive strategy on strengthening foodborne disease surveillance.

Among the most virulent foodborne diseases and foodborne pathogens causing disease are:

Zoonoses and Veterinary Public Health (VPH)

WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR)

Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN)