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The surveillance and control programme for Campylobacter spp. in broiler flocks in Norway 2012

Hofshagen M, Tarpai A, Opheim M. The surveillance and control programme for Campylobacter spp. in broiler flocks in Norway 2012. Surveillance and control programmes for terrestrial and aquatic animals in Norway. Annual report 2012. Oslo: Norwegian Veterinary Institute 2013

Campylobacteriosis is currently the most commonly reported bacterial infectious disease in the Norwegian human population. In almost half of the cases, the infection is acquired inNorway. Consumption of poultry meat purchased raw has been identified as a significant risk factor together with drinking undisinfected water, eating at barbecues, occupational exposure to animals, and eating undercooked pork.

The action plan regarding Campylobacter spp. in Norwegian broilers has been running since spring 2001. The action plan is a joint effort involving several stakeholder groups from “stable-to-table”. The Norwegian Zoonosis Centre at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute coordinates the programme, and is responsible for the collection and analyses of data and the communication of results.

The objective is to reduce the human exposure to thermophilic Campylobacter spp. through Norwegian broiler meat products.
Regarding the flock prevalence, one can conclude that after some years with a positive development (2002 – 2005), the situation again got worse (2006-2008) and has varied between 3.7% and 5.1% since then. The estimated flock prevalence in 2012 is the lowest since 2005.

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NVI authors

Hofshagen Merete

Seksjonsleder

Opheim Margareth

Forsker/veterinær