Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Campylobacter in Denmark in 2019

Source: Annual report on zoonoses in Denmark 2019 4 September, 2020

For the third year in a row, the number of human cases with Campylobacter infections continued to increase. However in 2019 the increase was larger than previously seen (18.5%), with 5,389 cases compared to 4,546 cases in 2018.
The large increase in campylobacter cases is due to an unusually large outbreak related to Danish chicken meat. Almost one third of all patients have a campylobacter infection that can be attributed to chicken meat.
In the EU, campylobacteriosis in humans has been the leading cause of bacterial infections and there is a lot of focus on this issue. In 2019, EFSA published an updated version of an opinion on control options for Campylobacter in broiler meat production at different stages of the food chain.