Human campylobacter infection rates overtake salmonella in EU

An EU report announced last month that more EU citizens were infected with campylobacter than salmonella in 2005. 

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.

The data for the report was collected from 24 EU Member States and Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.