A further study of the epidemiology of Campylobacter jejuni infections

N Z Med J. 1990 May 9;103(889):207-9.


Epidemiological data on notifications of Campylobacter jejuni infections is given for the Christchurch health district area. The number of notifications rose steadily to a peak of 883 cases in 1987 (rate 261 per 100,000 population). Christchurch shows consistently higher rates than the rest of New Zealand. Peak incidence is in the 0-4 age group; there is a high incidence amongst males and in rural areas; peak incidences in spring/summer; occupational risks have not been identified; chicken consumption is high amongst the sufferers, but statistical significance uncertain. The major association identified amongst campylobacter cases is a household contact with dogs. This has a risk factor of 1.25 to 2 times.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic
  • Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology*
  • Campylobacter Infections / transmission
  • Campylobacter fetus
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dogs
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Meat
  • Middle Aged
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Occupations
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population
  • Seasons