BMC Public Health. 2022 Sep 28;22(1):1831. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-14226-1.
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to identify the epidemiology, seasonality, aetiology and clinical characteristics of sporadic foodborne diseases in Zhejiang province during 2016-2020.
METHODS: Descriptive statistical methods were used to analyze the data from surveillance network established by the Zhejiang Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 31 designated hospitals in all 11 cities which were selected using probability proportionate to size sampling method.
RESULTS: During the study period, the surveillance system received 75,124 cases with 4826 (6.42%) hospitalizations from 31 hospitals. The most common cause was Norovirus, 6120 cases (42.56%), followed by Salmonella, 3351 cases (23.30%). A significant seasonal trend was observed for the V. parahaemolyticus, with the highest rates over the summer period, peaking in August, 1171 cases (38.75%), a similar trend was also observed with Salmonella and Diarrheagenic E. coli. Norovirus infections showed the highest rate in November (904, 14.77%) and March (660,10.78%), the lowest in August, 215 cases (3.51%). Patients between 19 ~ 40 years were more likely to infected by Norovirus, V. parahaemolyticus and Diarrheagenic E. coli, patients below 1 year were the highest among patients with Salmonella infection, 881 cases (26.3%). The Norovirus, V. parahaemolyticus and Diarrheagenic E. coli infection with the highest positive detection rates among the workers were observed. The largest number cases of food categories were from aquatic product infection. The private home was the most common exposure setting.
CONCLUSION: Our study highlighted the necessity for conducting an active, comprehensive surveillance for pathogens in all age groups, to monitor the changing dynamics in the epidemiology and aetiology of foodborne diseases to guide policies that would reduce related illnesses.
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