Foodborne Disease Surveillance

Foodborne Disease Surveillance


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)