Health burden in the Netherlands due to infection with thermophilic Campylobacter spp

Epidemiol Infect. 2000 Dec;125(3):505-22. doi: 10.1017/s0950268800004933.


Infection with thermophilic Campylobacter spp. usually leads to an episode of acute gastroenteritis. Occasionally, more severe diseases may be induced, notably Guillain Barré syndrome and reactive arthritis. For some, the disease may be fatal. We have integrated available data in one public health measure, the Disability Adjusted Life Year (DALY). DALYs are the sum of Years of Life Lost by premature mortality and Years Lived with Disability, weighted with a factor between 0 and 1 for the severity of illness. The mean health burden of campylobacter-associated illness in the Dutch population in the period 1990-5 is estimated as 1400 (90% CI 900-2000) DALY per year. The main determinants of health burden are acute gastroenteritis (440 DALY), gastroenteritis related mortality (310 DALY) and residual symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome (340 DALY). Sensitivity analysis demonstrated that alternative model assumptions produced results in the above-mentioned range.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Campylobacter Infections / complications*
  • Campylobacter Infections / economics*
  • Campylobacter*
  • Cost of Illness*
  • Disabled Persons*
  • Female
  • Gastroenteritis / economics
  • Gastroenteritis / microbiology
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome / economics
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Severity of Illness Index