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Monitoring the incidence and causes of diseases potentially transmitted by food in Australia: Annual Report of the OzFoodNet Network, 2009


McKercher, CM and Stephens, N and The OzFoodNet Working Group, Monitoring the incidence and causes of diseases potentially transmitted by food in Australia: Annual Report of the OzFoodNet Network, 2009, Communicable Diseases Intelligence Quarterly Report, 34, (4) pp. 396-426. ISSN 1447-4514 (2010) [Non Refereed Article]

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In 2009, OzFoodNet sites reported 27,037 notifications of 9 diseases or conditions that are commonly transmitted by food. The most frequently notified infections were Campylobacter (15,973 notifications) and Salmonella (9,533 notifications). Public health authorities provided complete serotype and phage type information on 92% of all Salmonella infections in 2009. The most common Salmonella serotype notified in Australia during 2009 was Salmonella Typhimurium, and the most common phage type was S. Typhimurium 170/108. During 2009, OzFoodNet sites reported 1,820 outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness, which affected 36,426 people and resulted in 1,240 people being hospitalised. There were 118 deaths during these outbreaks. The majority (82%, 1,496/1,820) of outbreaks were due to person-to-person spread, 9% (163/1,820) were suspected or confirmed to have been transmitted by contaminated food and 9% (161/1,820) were due to either waterborne transmission or outbreaks with an unknown mode of transmission. Foodborne outbreaks affected 2,679 persons including 342 hospitalisations . Eight deaths were reported during these foodborne outbreaks . Salmonella was the most common aetiological agent in foodborne outbreaks and restaurants were the most common setting where foods were prepared. Eighteen outbreaks were related to dishes containing raw or undercooked eggs; the majority (n=14) due to various phage types of S. Typhimurium. This report summarises the incidence of disease potentially transmitted by food in Australia and details outbreaks associated with various food vehicles in 2009. These data assist agencies to identify emerging sources of disease, develop food safety policies, and prevent foodborne illness .

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:foodborne disease, surveillance, disease outbreak
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Disease distribution and transmission (incl. surveillance and response)
UTAS Author:McKercher, CM (Dr Charlotte McKercher)
UTAS Author:Stephens, N (Dr Nicola Stephens)
ID Code:86845
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-10-28
Last Modified:2019-07-09

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