Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

Chicken still main source of campylobacter infections in Denmark

5 January, 2018

Almost half of all campylobacter infections in Denmark are caused by consumption of domestic chicken meat. Campylobacter is the leading cause of foodborne infections in Denmark. A total of 4,677 campylobacter infections were registered in 2016, but these are only the tip of the iceberg: estimates suggest that for every registered case of campylobacter, another 12 cases go unreported.
Researchers from the National Food Institute have produced a report for the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, which show what proportion of cases acquired in Denmark can be attributed to eight different food and environmental sources. 
Consumption of domestic chicken meat continues to be the most important source accounting for 46% of campylobacter infections acquired in Denmark, followed by cattle (beef, milk or direct contact), which accounts for 19% of cases and consumption of imported chicken meat (9%). Contact with dogs and exposure to contaminated seawater each account for approximately 4% of infections.