E-COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action FA1408

Welsh Partners

Public Health Wales

International Partners

European Cooperation in Science and Technology (eCOST)

Funding Source
European Union COST Action Programme
All Wales
WHO Region
Country of intervention
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Project Focus
Research, Evidence
About the project

The main objective of the European Network for Foodborne Parasites (EURO-FBP) is to decrease the impact on human health from foodborne parasites (FBP), through establishing a risk-based control programme for FBP containing robust and appropriate protective strategies.

What does your project involve?

EURO-FBP will use an interdisciplinary, One Health perspective to assimilate information, coordinate research and harmonize diagnostics, surveillance, analytical methods, potential interventions and mapping of global trends regarding FBP. The Action will determine those FBP of greatest regional importance, pinpoint knowledge gaps, and focus resources strategically for control of FBP. FBP include protozoa, nematodes, cestodes and trematodes. Although a significant public health issue, FBP have been neglected compared with other foodborne pathogens such as viruses or bacteria. Furthermore, globalization and changes in climate, agricultural practices, and human behavior and lifestyles all contribute to emergence of FBP in new settings, with new hosts and transmission routes. Previously associated with specific regions, FBP are now spreading. FBP research is fragmented and groups often focus on a single genera or group of parasites. Hence e-COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is ideal for EURO-FBP, enabling collaboration among scientists that rarely interact. The agenda will focus on how to address FBP, optimizing efforts and resources in order to control FBP in Europe - and globally.

Why are you working there?

Professor Rachel Chalmers is providing expert leadership for the gastrointestinal parasites and leading activities in the action for the validation of methods for detection in food.

Key outcomes

The key outcomes of the input so far from Public Health Wales are a workshop held in Berlin to harmonise Cryptosporidium genotyping for surveillance and outbreak investigations, and a paper published on the topic: Towards a consensus on genotyping schemes for surveillance and outbreak investigations of Chryptosporidium.