Norovirus in the United Kingdom.

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Norovirus poses the highest burden on society out of 13 pathogens analyzed in the United Kingdom.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) ranked the foodborne pathogens in order of their detrimental effect on UK society.

They were Campylobacter, Clostridium perfringens, E. coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Shigella, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, adenovirus, astrovirus, norovirus, rotavirus and sapovirus.

Average ranking results show that norovirus, Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter, Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens have a high impact.

E. coli O157, adenovirus, sapovirus and Giardia all ranked mid-range while astrovirus, rotavirus, Cryptosporidium and Shigella placed low.

The purpose was to help the FSA prioritize its focus, funding and resources for the 13 pathogens.

Criteria used to assess them included estimated number of annual cases, public concern, total cost to society per year and estimated annual fatalities. Selection and weighting took place through discussions, surveys and workshops over several months and included various teams in the FSA.

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