Foodborne parasites in Europe: present status and future trends

Chiara Trevisan, Paul R. Torgerson, Lucy J. Robertson

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    Abstract

    Although foodborne parasites (FBPs) are becoming recognized as important foodbome pathogens, they remain neglected compared with bacterial and viral foodbome pathogens. As drivers for infection with FBPs are variable, it is often unclear for funding bodies where research should be prioritized. Through a COST Action (Euro-FBP; FA1408), we harnessed Europe-wide expertise to address these questions, using an Expert Knowledge Elicitation approach. Eating habits, lack of food-chain control, lack of awareness from relevant agencies, globalization, and water quality were identified as major drivers for FBP infection. Prioritized research needs to be largely focused on methodological gaps, but also on surveillance concerns, impact-assessment issues, and the role of microbiota. Despite the European focus, these responses should be relevant to those concerned with FBPs globally.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTrends In Parasitology
    Volume35
    Issue number9
    Pages (from-to)695-703
    Number of pages9
    ISSN1471-4922
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Keywords

    • ALVEOLAR ECHINOCOCCOSIS
    • SOCIOECONOMIC BURDEN
    • FOOD
    • OUTBREAKS
    • TRANSMISSION
    • INFECTION
    • PATHOGENS
    • HEALTH

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