Hygiene Food Safety
Newsletter March 2019

This month we review the Top 5 Outbreaks from 2018. We also look at how to prevent food poisoning from happening.

Top 5 Disease Outbreaks From 2018 That You Should Know About

2018 saw a number of outbreaks worldwide. In this article, we review the Top 5 Disease Outbreaks From 2018.

More people in Europe were infected with measles during the first six months of 2018 than during any other year in the past decade, according to the WHO regional office for Europe. Over 41,000 children and adults have been infected with measles since January, and 37 people have died. Previously, the highest total number of cases in Europe was 23,927 in 2017.

Seven countries reported over 1,000 cases, including travel hotspots like France and Italy. Ukraine was hit the hardest, with over 23,000 measles cases, and Serbia reported the highest number of measles-related deaths (14) out of any country. Measles is spread through contact with an infected person or their respiratory secretions, which are produced through coughing and sneezing. It can be prevented with the MMR vaccine.

Ebola Virus

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare infectious disease that’s often fatal if left untreated. It is caused by a virus that’s transmitted to people through blood and bodily fluids from infected people or animals. It can cause flu-like symptoms that lead to vomiting, kidney impairment, and both external and internal bleeding.

The 2014–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was the largest in history and the first-ever epidemic affecting multiple countries and infecting some US travellers. There were 28,616 cases and 11,310 deaths reported overall.

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Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation and irritation of the stomach and intestines. This can lead to nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Treatment usually involves supportive care, or getting plenty of rest and fluids.

People typically contract norovirus by consuming food or beverages contaminated with faecal matter from an infected person, or from touching their mouth after coming into contact with a contaminated surface. It spreads quickly in crowded conditions and can spread directly from person to person through close contact.


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3 Easy Ways to Prevent Food Poisoning In The Kitchen

Preventing food poisoning in the kitchen is the ultimate goal of hygiene and food safety standards. No one wants to cause food poisoning, and no one wants to get food poisoning. So there is a reasonable expectation that food prepared and sold from the kitchen...
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Clostridium Bacteria Causing Botulism

Food poisoning from C.perfringens  is associated with undercooked meats. Often in large quantities of food prepared for a large group of people and left to sit out for long periods of time. Because of this, it is sometimes referred to as the food service bacteria. 

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