Project Name

CamCon: Improved Campylobacter control




01/05/2010  30/04/2014

Project Collaborators

Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI), Norway; Technical University of Denmark (DTU); Liverpool University (ULIV), UK; University Utrecht (UU), The Netherlands; Dianova (DIA), Denmark; Central Veterinary Institute of Wageningen UR (CVI-LEI), The Netherlands; University of Minho (UMinho), Portugal; Research Centre on Animal Health – CreSA (CSA), Spain; National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Poland



Project Description


Campylobacteriosis has become the most common cause of acute bacterial enteritis in many European countries. Many sources of this infection are not reported but the main suspected food borne source is poultry meat. In the EU, campylobacteriosis has long been the most commonly reported bacterial zoonosis, in 2006 more than 175.000 cases were notified. In many studies, poultry meat has been identified as a major risk factor for this disease.

This will improve our understanding of the epidemiology of Campylobacter in the context of housed broiler production and quantify the role of risk factors and their interdependence in determining colonization of chickens in different regions of the EU. It will consider the role of different subtypes of Campylobacter, seasonal and geographical variation in colonization as well as within and between flock and house transmission of the bacteria. The work will use a combined field, laboratory and modelling approach, with large-scale studies that encompass geographical variation in production and environmental risk factors and longitudinal studies that quantify the dynamics of infection at the level of the flock.