This report presents information from the surveillance system that HPS uses to collect and disseminate information on potential outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease believed to have been acquired by travellers returning to Scotland from outside of the UK. A potential outbreak of infectious intestinal disease occurring abroad is defined as two or more confirmed cases of the same infection, or at least one confirmed case where others are alleged to have been ill, and who have visited or stayed at the same accommodation.
In 2019, information was circulated on 36 potential outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease in persons returning to Scotland from abroad. This was a decrease on the 75 potential overseas outbreaks reported in 2018. Turkey was the most frequently reported country from which people returned. Salmonella was the most frequently identified pathogen among the 36 outbreaks.