Epidemiology and Infection

Special Article

Waterborne outbreak of campylobacter enteritis after outdoors infantry drill in Utti, Finland

M. Ahoa1, M. Kurkia2, H. Rautelina3 and T. U. Kosunena3

a1 National Teterinary Institute, P.O. Box 368, SF-00101 Helsinki, Finland

a2 Department of Environmental Supervision, South-East Military Area in Finland,P.O. Box 77, SF-45101 Kouvola, Finland

a3 Department of Bacteriology and Immunology, University of Helsinki, Haartmaninkatu 3, SF-00290 Helsinki, Finland


Diarrhoea, abdominal pain, malaise and fever affected 75 of the 88 conscript soldiers in Utti, Finland after an outdoors infantry drill. Campylobacter jejuni, heat-stable serotype 3/43/59. was isolated from 37 out of 63 men investigated. A clear serological response was evident in the risk group and negligible in the control group. The entire population at risk was interviewed.

(Online publication March 14 1989)