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Health burden of infections with thermophilic Campylobacter species in the Netherlands, 1990 - 1995

Gezondheidslast van infecties met thermofiele Campylobacter species in Nederland, 1990-1995

Synopsis

Infection with thermophilic Campylobacter spp. (mainly C. jejuni) usually leads to an episode of acute gastro-enteritis, which resolves within a few days to a few weeks. Occasionally, more severe and prolonged diseases may be induced, notably Guillain-Barre syndrome, reactive arthritis or bacteraemia. For some patients, the disease may even be fatal. This report describes the epidemiology of illness associated with thermophilic Campylobacter spp. in the Netherlands in the period 1990-1995 and attempts to integrate the available information in one public health metric, the Disability Adjusted Life Year (DALY). Uncertainty and variability in parameter values and in model assumptions are explicitly taken into account.
 

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