Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

Denmark: Campylobacter leading cause of foodborne infections

4 October, 2018

Campylobacter continued to be the cause of most of the registered foodborne infections in Denmark in 2017 with 4,257 cases of illness. The true number of cases is estimated to 50,000, because only a small proportion of cases seek medical care and is registered in the system. Each registered case of campylobacteriosis costs the Danish society about 250,000 DKK on average, which is a significant economic burden on society. Contaminated broiler meat is the most common source of campylobacteriosis acquired in Denmark, but other sources also play a role. These include consumption of contaminated water and unpasteurized milk as well as contact to pets. A rather large proportion of cases remains without a known source.
In May 2018, the authorities launched a new actions plan for 2018-2021 aimed at reducing the number of campylobacter infections. The overall goal is to reduce the number of registered human infections by 5% a year until 2021.