Surveillance for foodborne pathogens in humans

Ian Fisher*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Surveillance, in its short form, has been defined as 'information for action'. This chapter describes some of the surveillance methods that can be used and gives examples of their usage on a national and international basis. It describes some of the international outbreaks that have been identified with a range of pathogens and foodstuffs involved. It summarises the limitations of surveillance activities and some future trends. Most importantly, it emphasises the importance of collaboration between the human, veterinary and food aspects of foodborne surveillance to coordinate successful activities in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTracing Pathogens in the Food Chain
PublisherElsevier Ltd.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781845694968
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • Human surveillance methods
  • International Health Regulations
  • International outbreaks
  • Surveillance methods


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