High incidence of Campylobacter concisus in gastroenteritis in North Jutland, Denmark: a population-based study

Clin Microbiol Infect. 2013 May;19(5):445-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2012.03852.x. Epub 2012 Apr 18.


The incidence of non-thermophilic Campylobacter species was assessed in an unselected population-based study in a mixed urban and rural community in North Jutland, Denmark. In a 2-year study period, 11,314 faecal samples from 8302 patients with gastroenteritis were cultured with supplement of the filter method. We recovered a high incidence of Campylobacter concisus (annual incidence 35/100,000 inhabitants), almost as high as the common Campylobacter jejuni/coli. In contrast, there was a very low incidence of other non-thermophilic Campylobacter species, such as Campylobacter upsaliensis. Campylobacter concisus was, unlike C. jejuni/coli, found more frequently among small children (<1 year) and the elderly (≥ 65 years). Around 10% of the patients with C. consisus had co-infections dominated by Clostridium difficile and Salmonella enterica, whereas co-infections occurred in about 5% of C. jejuni/coli patients. We observed a seasonal variation in C. jejuni/coli with a peak incidence in late summer months and autumn, whereas there was an almost constant monthly prevalence of C. concisus. Among patients participating in a questionnaire sub-study, there was a higher degree of close contacts with animals, especially dogs, as well as a higher travel exposure among C. jejuni/coli patients compared with C. concisus patients. We did not culture any C. concisus in stool samples from a small cohort of healthy individuals. Future studies have to focus on the clinical follow-up and the long-term risk of inflammatory bowel diseases in C. concisus-positive patients. We conclude that there is a high incidence of C. concisus in Denmark.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Campylobacter / classification*
  • Campylobacter / isolation & purification*
  • Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology*
  • Campylobacter Infections / microbiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Dogs
  • Feces / microbiology
  • Female
  • Gastroenteritis / epidemiology*
  • Gastroenteritis / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Seasons
  • Young Adult