Foodborne infections in the Netherlands increased from 2017 to 2018, according to a recent report.

The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) found a rise in norovirus, Cryptosporidium spp. and rotavirus. The total number of patients from 14 food-related pathogens went from 1.49 million in 2017 to 1.63 million in 2018.

The agency reported the increase falls within the range of natural fluctuations seen in disease incidence. Estimates show 71,000 Campylobacter cases in 2018, 27,000 for Salmonella, 2,100 for Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) and 78 for Listeria monocytogenes.

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