Epidemiology and Infection



The risk of Guillain–Barré syndrome following infection with Campylobacter jejuni


N. McCARTHY a1a2c1, Y. ANDERSSON a2, V. JORMANAINEN a1a2, O. GUSTAVSSON a3 and J. GIESECKE a2
a1 The Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Abbey Court, Abbey Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
a2 Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Stockholm, S-10521, Sweden
a3 Smittskyddsenheten, County Hospital, Sundsvall, Sweden

Abstract

To estimate the incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) following Campylobacter jejuni infection (CI) we studied three populations where outbreaks of CI had occurred involving an estimated 8000 cases. No case of GBS was detected in the 6 months following the outbreaks in the local populations. The point estimate for the risk of GBS following CI estimated in this study was 0 in 8000 (95% confidence interval 0–3).

(Accepted August 28 1998)


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