Human campylobacter infection rates overtake salmonella in EU

EU - An EU report announced last month that more EU citizens were infected with campylobacter than salmonella in 2005.
calendar icon 4 January 2007
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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) stated in its second annual report on infectious diseases transmissible from animals to humans that campylobacter rates increased by 7.8% over one year - amounting to 197,363 cases in 2005.

In contrast, salmonella infection rates decreased by 9.5% in 2005 with 176,395 reported cases.

The EFSA report concludes that the primary source of infection for human cases of campylobacter was fresh poultry meat, with 66% of samples testing positive. And that 80% of tested campylobacter bacteria was resistant to human antibiotics.

Source: Farmers Weekly
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