Botulism - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2020
In 2020, 29 EU/EEA countries reported 82 confirmed cases of botulism. Sixteen EU/EEA countries reported zero cases. The overall notification rate was 0.02 cases per 100 000 population. Italy notified the highest number of cases (N=46), followed by France (N=11).
Botulism is a serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The disease may occur after eating foods containing the toxin or due to development of the spores within the intestine of young children or within wounds.Read more
Annual Epidemiological Reports (AERs)
The Annual Epidemiological Reports (AERs) are key ECDC publication on the epidemiology of communicable diseases of public health significance in Europe.Read more