Food poisoning due to bacteria (campylobacter) increasing in European Union

The European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control have reported that cases of food poisoning due the bacteria campylobacter are increasing in many countries. Campylobacter infections are the most common food related infections in Europe. In 2014, reported cases increased to 237,000. Germany reported 71,000 infected people while The UK, the Czech Republic, Spain and France reported 67,000, 21,000, 11,500 and 6,000 cases, respectively.

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Advice For Travellers

Campylobacter bacteria are frequently carried by chicken flocks. While the risk for travellers is probably low, this risk can be minimized by careful hand washing and personal hygiene if handling or preparing uncooked chicken.

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