A point source outbreak of campylobacter infection related to bird-pecked milk

Epidemiol Infect. 1993 Apr;110(2):261-5. doi: 10.1017/s0950268800068187.


A point source outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni affected 11 children in a day nursery. Milk consumed by the children was known to have been pecked by magpies on occasions. Illness was significantly associated with consumption of milk on a single morning. Examination of milk from a bottle pecked after the outbreak yielded campylobacters. The level of contamination was approximately six cells of C. jejuni per 500 ml of milk.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Birds / microbiology*
  • Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology*
  • Campylobacter Infections / microbiology*
  • Campylobacter jejuni* / isolation & purification
  • Child Day Care Centers
  • Child, Preschool
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • England / epidemiology
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Milk / microbiology*
  • Zoonoses