Integrated data collection on zoonoses in the European Union, from animals to humans, and the analyses of the data

Int J Food Microbiol. 2010 May 30;139 Suppl 1:S43-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2010.03.002. Epub 2010 Mar 16.


The European Community (EC) has been collecting for 15 years data on zoonoses and agents thereof that integrate the information from human cases and their occurrence in food and animals. The current data collection covers 11 zoonotic agents: Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC), Yersinia spp., Brucella, Mycobacterium bovis, Trichinella and Echinoccoccus, as well as rabies and food-borne outbreaks. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is assigned the tasks of examining the data collected and publishing the Community Summary Report. This Report is prepared in close collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) responsible for the surveillance of the communicable diseases in humans, and with EFSA's Zoonoses Collaboration Centre (ZCC, in the Technical University of Denmark). Member States report the data on animals, feed, food and food-borne outbreaks to EFSA's web-based reporting system and the data on the human cases are reported to ECDC's web-application for The European Surveillance System (TESSy). The flow and analysis of data are described as well as an outline of the future plans to improve the comparability of the data.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Data Collection*
  • European Union*
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Parasitology
  • Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Foodborne Diseases / microbiology
  • Foodborne Diseases / parasitology
  • Foodborne Diseases / virology
  • Humans
  • Statistics as Topic*
  • Zoonoses / epidemiology*
  • Zoonoses / microbiology
  • Zoonoses / parasitology
  • Zoonoses / virology