Scientists in the Czech Republic have called for a national reference laboratory for human Campylobacter infections to be created in the country.
From 2018 to 2021, 81,115 cases were reported in the electronic Infectious Disease Information System (ISIN). Slightly more men than women were sick. Campylobacter jejuni makes up the majority of cases followed by Campylobacter coli. The highest incidence was in people aged 1 to 4 years old.
Almost 10,000 people were hospitalized and 34 deaths were reported including five children younger than 5, three teenagers, seven people aged 21 to 35, and 19 people older than 57.
Preventative measures should be aimed at children younger than 5 because of the high incidence and people older than 80 who are at higher risk of severe illness and hospitalization, said scientists.