Worldwide, foodborne diseases, and more especially diarrhoeal diseases, are an important cause of morbidity and mortality.
In developed countries, surveillance of foodborne disease is a fundamental component of food safety systems. Surveillance data are used for planning, implementing and evaluating public health policies. There is therefore a strong need to strengthen surveillance systems for foodborne disease.
WHO is developing a comprehensive strategy on strengthening foodborne disease surveillance.
Among the most virulent foodborne diseases and foodborne pathogens causing disease are: