1) Research Group Risk Evaluation and Risk Mitigation, Swiss Reference Laboratory for Milk and Milk Products, Agroscope, 3003 Berne, Switzerland; 2) Spiez Laboratory, Federal Office for Civil Protection, 3700 Spiez, Switzerland; 3) Swiss Reference Laboratory for Foodborne Viruses, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, 3003 Berne, Switzerland; 4) Swiss National Reference Centre for Tick-Transmitted Diseases, 3700 Spiez, Switzerland
Jan-Erik Ingenhoff1), Marc Mühlemann1), Rahel Ackermann-Gäumann2,4), Dominik Moor3), Thomas Berger1)
Viral zoonosis tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is usually transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick. Another possible way to become infected with the viral pathogen is through the consumption of raw milk and raw milk products. Based on the seroprevalence of antibodies against TBE viruses in goats in the Valais canton in a recently published study, a risk assessment for the viral contamination of goat milk was performed for this area. The probability of virus-contaminated milk was calculated to range between 0.0012% and 0.024% of household milk.
Keywords: Tick-borne encephalitis, alimentary transmission, raw goat milk, raw goat milk products, risk assessment, Switzerland
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