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Suss J.,Friedrich Loeffler Institute Jena | Kahl O.,Free University of Berlin | Aspock H.,Medical University of Vienna | Hartelt K.,Landesgesundheitsamt Baden Wurttemberg | And 13 more authors.
Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift | Year: 2010

The 11th meeting of the International Scientific Working Group on Tick-borne Encephalitis (ISW-TBE) was conducted under the title of, .From childhood to golden age: increased mobility - increased risk of contracting TBE?" Participants from 26 countries, including the United States of America and China, presented reports on the latest developments and trends in local TBE cases, vaccination coverage and risk factors. In particular, the situation of children and the elderly (the "golden agers") was discussed. As the current evidence suggests, the location and extension of endemic areas for TBE have changed over the last few years, along with global warming and the shift of infected ticks to higher altitudes. The increased mobility of the human population adds to the heightened exposure; outdoor activities and international travel are on the rise also, and especially, amongst the 50+ generation, who are already per se at higher risk of disease manifestation, complications and case fatality. Most Europeans travel within Europe, often without sufficient awareness of endemic areas. Only high immunization rates can ensure low disease rates in the long run. To achieve this goal, public education is the sole effective approach for raising the level of awareness. Overall, the risk of any given person to contract TBE should not be regarded as a fixed entity, but rather it must be estimated individually, on the basis of knowledge of the TBE virus endemic areas and risk factors. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


Eichholzer M.,University of Zürich | Bovey F.,University of Zürich | Jordan P.,University of Zürich | Probst-Hensch N.,University of Zürich | Stoffel-Kurt N.,Bundesamt fur Gesundheit
Praxis | Year: 2010

The 2007 Swiss Health Survey is the fourth survey conducted by the Federal Office of Statistics in intervals of five years. Data are collected from a random sample (n = 18 760) of persons aged 15 and over, living in Switzerland: 29% are overweight, and additional 8% are obese, but between 2002 and 2007 no increases in the prevalence of overweight and obesity were observed anymore. In relation to nutritional habits, nearly 30% of the interviewed persons do not care about their nutrition. Only 30% of the population eat the recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables per day, and only 10% consume the recommended three servings of milk and milk products. 37% do rarely or never consume fish. Nearly 20% eat meat or meat products every day. According to the four Swiss Health Surveys nutritional habits have hardly improved during the last fifteen years in Switzerland. © 2010 by Verlag Hans Huber, Hogrefe AG.


Eichholzer M.,University of Zürich | Schmid M.,Bundesamt fur Gesundheit | Stoffel-Kurt N.,Bundesamt fur Gesundheit
Praxis | Year: 2010

The 2007 Swiss Health Survey is the fourth survey conducted on a random sample of nearly 19'000 adults, living in Switzerland. 37% are overweight or obese, but between 2002 and 2007 no increases in the prevalence of overweight and obesity were observed anymore. Overweight and obesity are associated with a number of sociodemographic and life-style factors. 9% of 15 to 34 years old women are underweight. Of the group of 15 to 49 years old men and women, 52% would like to change their body weight (to loose weight 87%, to gain weight 13%). 20% of them eat very irregularly and binge eating happens to 22%. In summary, life-style modifications are needed in relation to overweight, underweight and eating disorders. © 2010 by Verlag Hans Huber, Hogrefe AG.


Baumgartner A.,Bundesamt fur Gesundheit | Niederhauser I.,Bundesamt fur Gesundheit | Schaeren W.,Agroscope Liebefeld Posieux Research Station
Archiv fur Lebensmittelhygiene | Year: 2011

From May to November 2007, 872 bulk tank milk samples representing farms from almost the entire territory of Switzerland were collected and analysed by quantitative PCR for the presence of Coxiella burnetii DNA. Quantification of C. burnetii DNA revealed values that ranged from <10 to <105 counts per ml of bulk milk (Highest count: 24 256 cells per ml). The samples originated from three companies (A, B and C) that process milk from different regions of the country. In 255 of 872 samples (29.2 %) counts of ≥10 2 per ml of milk were measured and in 89 of 872 (10.2 %) ≥10 3 counts per ml. Furthermore, variations in contamination frequencies between the samples of the three companies indicated that geographic differences might exist with a certain trend to higher detection rates in the western part of Switzerland. Based on the obtained data, possible implications for food safety were discussed. © M. & H. Schaper GmbH & Co.


In the years 2006-2008, 13. 978 ready-to-eat foodstuffs were tested by official laboratories of food control in Switzerland for compliance with legal limits for Listeria monocytogenes. Totally, the pathogen could be detected in 67 foods (0,5 % of all samples). Most frequently, raw meat cured sausages (proportion of positive samples 3,9 %) were contaminated followed by smoked fishes (1,4 %) and semi-hard cheeses (1,1 %). For soft cheese, a rather low contamination frequency of 0,3 % was shown. Quantification of L. monocytogenes was possible in 18 ready-to-eat foods from the market and six out of them showed high counts of >1. 000 CFU per gram. Concerned were a sandwich with smoked salmon and other components (250. 000 CFU/g), smoked salmon (180. 000 CFU/g), smoked trout (13. 000 CFU/g), semi-hard cheese (9. 200 CFU/g) and salami (5. 500 and 1. 850 CFU/g). In connection with cases of listeriosis, the highest measured count (5 × 107 CFU/ml) was found in liquid cream of a private household where it was probably contaminated and not adequately stored. Surprisingly, in 931 desserts and confectioneries, in 384 ice-creams, in 3. 567 pre-cooked foods and in 806 samples of raw fruits or vegetables, L. monocytogenes was never isolated and in 720 delicatessen salads only once (Celery salad with <100 CFU/g). The evaluation of a high number of laboratory data allowed identifying the current focal points of risk, an information which is important for a risk-based design of future control activities. © 2013 Bundesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit (BVL).

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