Research – Germany reveals insights from enlarged Campylobacter surveillance

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German experts have presented results so far from increased surveillance of Campylobacter infections.

In Germany, around 60,000 cases are reported every year. Mainly contaminated food of animal origin are identified or suspected as sources of infection.

Intensified molecular surveillance of Campylobacter from human infections at the National Reference Center (NRZ) for Salmonella and other Bacterial Enteric Pathogens at the Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) was set up in 2019.

In 2020, the NRZ received 1,299 Campylobacter isolates from human infections for surveillance and subtyping. There were 55,831 reported cases in the same year. More than 25 different laboratories contributed a diverse range of isolates. More than 80 percent were Campylobacter jejuni and 15 percent Campylobacter coli.

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