Salmonella enterica is ranked as the most important contributor to health burden caused by foodborne illness in Europe. The mortality rate is 0.14% and the hospitalization rate 36%.

Salmonella enterica in eggs, egg products and poultry

The number of cases in Europe is declining, but still Salmonella accounts for more than 82 000 reported disease cases yearly.

Antibiotic resistance is an increasing and worryingly challenge in Salmonella and reduction in the possibility to treat the infection lead to higher importance of preventing infection in all parts of the food chain.

The most important food sources of confirmed cases of Salmonella outbreaks are eggs and egg products. Incidence is varying largely between countries.

Facts about Salmonella

Explanation: The estimated total health burden (DALY: disability adjusted life years) is 11 by 100.000.