Source Attribution of Campylobacteriosis in New Zealand Study

Every year, about 60,000 people become ill from Campylobacter in New Zealand. The Ministry for Primary Industries(external link) is investing in a year-long study that will help reduce the number of cases of campylobacteriosis both in New Zealand.

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About the study

The Ministry for Primary Industries(external link) is committed to reducing the incidence of campylobacteriosis. The Source Attribution of Campylobacteriosis in New Zealand Study (SACNZS) is being carried out on MPI’s behalf by ESR(external link) and Massey University(external link) in association within certain North Island district health boards and will look at campylobacteriosis cases over the course of a year to determine the different contributors to the disease. This information will then be used to help manage the risks associated with campylobacteriosis and inform policies for prevention and control.

New Zealand is a world leader in this space, having worked in and published in this field for more than a decade. Previous efforts by MPI and the poultry industry has led to almost a 50 per cent reduction in cases of campylobacteriosis from food (poultry) in recent years but we need to know more about other environmental causes (e.g. animals, water) of Campylobacteriosis. This new study will increase our understanding of these other sources and how to best manage the risk to public health.

The results of this study will be published on this webpage as a study report, by the end of 2019, followed by additional scientific papers.

Documents for those participating in the SACNZS

This study is recruiting campylobacteriosis cases in both the Auckland and Manawatu/Whanganui regions, as well as controls, to gather information and help determine the sources of the disease. The documents provided below are for the participants in the study.

Additional resources for cases of campylobacteriosis

Background to the SACNZS

Campylobacteriosis (infection with Campylobacter bacteria) is a very common illness in New Zealand. The infection causes diarrhoea and vomiting, and in a small number of cases, a long term illness or even death. To find out more about campylobacteriosis and this study, read the background information.



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