Croatia - Istria

Masta Health Report / HINA news agency (28 Oct 2002)

Human trichinellosis in Croatia. The examination of some 30 samples of meat products that were suspected of causing the trichinosis epidemic in Istria showed that all of the products were negative to trichinosis, an epidemiologist of the Croatian Public Health Institute. Borislav Aleraj

"The path of contamination of 68 patients in Istria has not been discovered yet, but the important thing is that there are no newly-contaminated people," Aleraj told HINA. He believes that the epidemic has been stopped, which means that the products that contained the infected meat have been used up, and all suspected products have immediately been withdrawn from stores as of the first case of illness.

ProMed: Croatia reported 52 food-borne Trichinella outbreaks between 1993 and 1998. Trichinella spiralis accounts for most cases of domestic infection and is found in both pork and horse meat. - Mod.EP


East Croatia

24 Mar 2003
Dragutin Golubic

2 outbreaks of trichinellosis in Croatia. In February 2003 there were 2 outbreaks in east Croatia, i.e., east Slavonia. The first one in Vukovar with 4 patients from 2 families (8 members in total). The source of the infected meat was a domestic pig in which Trichinella spiralis was confirmed by trichinelloscopy. The second outbreak was near the city of Osijek, also in east Slavonia. There were 20 patients with clinical symptoms of trichinellosis; about 100 people came in contact with the suspect meat. The source was also domestic pigs, but from 3 different locations. Trichinella spiralis was confirmed by veterinary examination of the suspect meat.

ProMed: The experience from Poland show that products labelled as pork may sometimes be mixed with meat from wild animals. 298 human cases were reported in Croatia in 1998, and 52 food-borne outbreaks were reported from 1993 to 1998 - Mod.EP