Campylobacter infection in poultry-processing workers, Virginia, USA, 2008-2011

Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Feb;19(2):286-8. doi: 10.3201/eid1902.121147.

Abstract

During a health hazard evaluation, we investigated 29 cases of laboratory-diagnosed Campylobacter infection among workers at a poultry-processing plant. Most infected employees worked at the plant <1 month, worked as live hangers, and lived at a state-operated center. To lessen the infection risk, we recommended improvements to engineering and administrative controls at the plant.

MeSH terms

  • Abattoirs
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology
  • Campylobacter Infections / microbiology*
  • Campylobacter Infections / transmission
  • Campylobacter jejuni / isolation & purification
  • Chickens / microbiology
  • Diarrhea / epidemiology
  • Diarrhea / microbiology*
  • Feces / microbiology
  • Female
  • Food Microbiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Meat / microbiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases / microbiology*
  • Virginia / epidemiology
  • Young Adult
  • Zoonoses