Flies linked to campylobacter rate

by 5m Editor
18 August 2006, at 11:13am

NEW ZEALAND - A medical laboratory manager says the common fly may play a key role in New Zealand's high rates of campylobacter.

New Zealand has the highest rates of campylobacter in the OECD, with 15,000 cases reported a year, but an actual rate considered to be much higher.

In an article in the Medical Journal, the general manager of Southern Community Laboratories in Christchurch, Ben Harris, says poultry is associated with some 40% of cases. He says flies could be involved in other cases, transferring the bacteria to surfaces people touch.

Harris says people must wash their hands before handling food or eating, including before eating takeaways.

Source: TVNZ

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