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Frontiers of Medicine >> 2018, Volume 12, Issue 1 doi: 10.1007/s11684-017-0608-6

Trends of foodborne diseases in China: lessons from laboratory-based surveillance since 2011

1. Key Laboratory of Food Safety Risk Assessment, Ministry of Health and China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, Beijing 100022, China
2. Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Beijing, Beijing 100013, China
3. Shandong Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Jinan 250014, China
4. Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Sichuan Province, Chengdu 610041, China
5. Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Henan Province, Zhengzhou 450016, China
6. Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Jiangsu Province, Nanjing 210009, China
7. Guangdong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Guangzhou 511430, China

Accepted: 2017-12-29 Available online: 2018-02-06

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Foodborne disease is one of the most important public health issues worldwide. China faces various and unprecedented challenges in all aspects of the food chain. Data from laboratory-based foodborne disease surveillance systems from 2013 to 2016, as well as different regions and ages, can be found along with differences in the patterns of pathogens detected with diverse characteristics. has been the leading cause of infectious diarrhea in China, especially among adults in coastal regions. has been a serious and widely distributed pathogen responsible for substantial socioeconomic burden. was mostly identified in Northwest China and the inland province (Henan) with less-developed regions among children under 5 years. Data from foodborne disease outbreak reporting system from 2011 to 2016 showed that poisonous animals and plant factors responsible for most deaths were poisonous mushrooms (54.7%) in remote districts in southwest regions. The biological hazard that caused most cases reported (42.3%) was attributed to the leading cause of foodborne outbreaks. In this review, we summarize the recent monitoring approach to foodborne diseases in China and compare the results with those in developed countries.

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