Food safety

Foodborne diseases

Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc.

Foodborne and waterborne diarrhoeal diseases kill an estimated 2.2 million people annually, most of whom are children. Diarrhoea is the acute, most common symptom of foodborne illness, but other serious consequences include kidney and liver failure, brain and neural disorders, reactive arthritis, cancer and death.

WHO assists Member States in building capacity to prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks. WHO’s activities include generating baseline and trend data on foodborne diseases and supporting implementation of adequate infrastructures (e.g. laboratories).