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A Prospective Follow-Up Study on Transmission of Campylobacter from Poultry to Abattoir Workers
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Medicine.
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2014 (English)In: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, ISSN 1535-3141, Vol. 11, no 9, 684-688 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Contact with poultry or poultry meat is a well-known risk factor for campylobacteriosis, but prospective studies on transmission of Campylobacter from chickens to humans during slaughter are scarce. In this study, we monitored transmission of Campylobacter from slaughtered chicken to originally culture-negative abattoir workers during the peak season of colonized chicken and human Campylobacter infection. Stool samples were obtained from 28 abattoir workers together with data on health status once a month between June and September 2010, with a follow-up sample collected in February 2011. Campylobacter-positive individuals and chicken flocks were identified by culture, and isolates were further characterized using molecular techniques. Campylobacter was isolated from seven asymptomatic individuals. Four of them had been newly employed and had not reported any previous Campylobacter infection. Four human isolates had matching genetic fingerprints with isolates from recently slaughtered chickens. Our results further support the role of chicken as the source of human Campylobacter infection but suggest that asymptomatic Campylobacter infection may occur even in individuals with only limited earlier exposure to Campylobacter.

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2014. Vol. 11, no 9, 684-688 p.
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Food Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-234167DOI: 10.1089/fpd.2014.1753ISI: 000341770000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-234167DiVA: diva2:755830
Swedish Research Council, 521-2011-3527Formas, 221-2012-1442
Available from: 2014-10-15 Created: 2014-10-14 Last updated: 2014-10-15Bibliographically approved

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