WHO Estimates of the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases

Reports
Sectors:
Health, Nutrition
Organization:
World Health Organization (WHO)
Author:
World Health Organization (WHO)
Region:
Global
Resource Publication Date:
September, 2015
Content Format:
Text

This report is the culmination of nearly 10 years of planning and research, and presents the first global and regional estimates of the burden of foodborne diseases. The expert working group in charge of the studies estimates that 31 global hazards caused 600 million foodborne illnesses and 420,000 deaths in 2010, with 40% of the burden carried by children under five years of age. The hazards are categorized as enteric or parasitic diseases (e.g. norovirus, diarrhoeal diseases, trichinella), and as chemicals or toxins (e.g. aflatoxin, arsenic). Chapter 5 contains the results, and later chapters include notes on specific country studies in Albania, Japan, Thailand, and Uganda, which together help inform not only reported statistics and estimates, but also where key data gaps lie and best practices for translating research into policy or action. An interactive online tool allows users to see prevalence and type of foodborne diseases by country.

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