Outbreak of Campylobacter Infection in a Subartic Community

  • K. K. Melby
  • J. G. Svendby
  • T. Eggebø
  • L. A. Holmen
  • B. M. Andersen
  • L. Lind
  • E. Sjøgren
  • B. Kaijser
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Abstract

 A presumably waterborne outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni/coli infection in a subarctic community is described. Drinking water supplied to residents was delivered unchlorinated during a 4-week period. No Campylobacter sp. was recovered from the water supply. Three hundred thirty individuals (15% of the 2200 exposed) became ill. Diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, nausea and joint pain occurred in 81%, 30%, 29%, 43% and 21%, respectively. Nine percent reported swelling of joints, and two cases of reactive arthritis occurred. A Campylobacter sp. was isolated from 9 of 33 individuals who became ill and from 1 of 33 healthy controls. All culture-positive individuals, 46% of culture-negative ill persons and 27% of healthy controls were seropositive. All strains recovered had an identical DNA profile.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. K. Melby
    • 1
  • J. G. Svendby
    • 2
  • T. Eggebø
    • 2
  • L. A. Holmen
    • 2
  • B. M. Andersen
    • 3
  • L. Lind
    • 4
  • E. Sjøgren
    • 4
  • B. Kaijser
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology, Ullevaal University Hospital, 0407 Oslo, Norway e-mail: k.k.melby@ioks.uio.noNO
  2. 2.Community Health Service, Skjervøy, NorwayNO
  3. 3.Department of Microbiology, University Hospital, Tromsø, NorwayNO
  4. 4.Department of Clinical Bacteriology, University of Gothenburg, SwedenSE

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