Norovirus was the main cause of foodborne outbreaks in Finland from 2017 to 2019, according to figures published recently by the Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto).
About 2,900 people were reported to have fallen ill in 162 foodborne outbreaks with 110 hospitalizations and nine deaths.
Norovirus caused 57 foodborne outbreaks including two in 2018 through meals at medical and elderly care institutions with 292 and 110 cases. The most commonly reported vectors were fish and fish products, including shellfish and mussels. These caused 14 outbreaks.