Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Poultry source for New Zealand’s Campylobacteriosis cases

International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2020 30 November, 2020

Following an initial reduction in human campylobacteriosis in New Zealand after the implementation of poultry food chain-focused interventions during 2006–2008, further decline has been relatively small.
A report funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries in New Zealand, claims that despite improvements made in poultry regulation, Campylobacteriosis was the most notified enteric disease reported in the country.
Most cases (84%) were infected with strains attributed to a poultry source, while 14% were attributed to a cattle source. Approximately 90% of urban campylobacteriosis cases were attributed to poultry sources, compared to almost 75% of rural cases. Poultry consumption per se was not identified as a significant risk factor. However specific risk factors related to poultry meat preparation and consumption did result in statistically significantly elevated odds ratios.