Infectious Diseases 2024

Infectious Diseases 2024

UK: Campylobacter report 2013-2022

9 April, 2024

-The number of reported Campylobacter cases in England decreased from 55,642 cases in 2021 to 54,461 cases in 2022, a decrease of 1,181 cases
-The region that reported the highest number of Campylobacter laboratory reports was the South East with 9,540 reports; however, the region with the highest rate per 100,000 population was the North East with 133.3 per 100,000.
-Overall, 54% of Campylobacter laboratory-confirmed cases in England were male the age group with the highest number of laboratory reports was the 50 to 59 year old age category.
-Consistent with previous years’ 5-year median, in 2022 Campylobacter reporting peaked in the month of June.
-Species was only reported for 23% of laboratory reports, the majority of which were Campylobacter jejuni (20% of all cases).

Annual laboratory reports of Campylobacter in England from 2013 to 2
022 per 100,000 population

Overall, in 2022 the number of Campylobacter laboratory reports were similar to that seen in previous years (excluding 2020; data from 2020 should be interpreted with caution given the multi-factorial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic). Similar to 2021, the highest number of laboratory-confirmed cases were in the South East, and June was the peak month for reported cases. More male cases were reported than female cases with the 50 to 59 year olds being the most affected age group. A total of 23% of isolates were tested to the species level at frontline laboratories, and the majority of these were Campylobacter jejuni.
One outbreak of Campylobacter was reported to national surveillance in 2022, comprising 13 cases (4 of whom were laboratory confirmed), and associated with the consumption of chicken.