Heat thoroughly, keep clean

Campylobacter jejuni  is ranked as the second most important contributor to health burden caused by foodborne illness in Europe and accounts for more than 200 000 cases of disease yearly.

The best way to prevent illness is to heat thoroughly and keep your kitchen, your kitchen utilities and yourself clean.

Campylobacter jejuni in poultry

Antibiotic resistance is an increasing and worryingly challenge in Campylobacter and reduction in the possibility to treat the infection leads to increased importance of preventing infection in all parts of the food chain. The most important sources of confirmed cases food-borne Campylobacter outbreaks are contaminated poultry. It has been estimated that 20-30 % of Campylobacter cases could have been prevented by safe consumer behaviour. 

Occasionally, campylobacteriosis can lead to complications, such as types of arthritis or Guillain-Barré syndrome, a severe neurological disorder. It is ranked as number three of zoonotic diseases causing death with a case-fatality rate of 0.05% and a hospitalization rate of 44%.

Facts about Campylobacter

Explanation: The estimated total health burden (DALY: disability adjusted life years) is nine by 100.000.