Campylobacter infections still topped the list of zoonotic diseases in the European Union as of 2007.
That at least is the finding of The European Food Safety Authority’s and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s Community Zoonoses Report for 2007, which monitors the occurrence of infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.
Campylobacter infections were the most-frequently reported zoonotic disease in humans throughout the EU in 2007 with 200,507 cases compared to 175,561 in the previous year — an increase of 14.2 percent.
In foodstuffs, Campylobacter was mostly found in raw poultry meat with an average of 26% of samples showing contamination. In live animals, Campylobacter was found in poultry, pigs and cattle.