Epidemiology and Infection

Research Article

A point source outbreak of campylobacter infection related to bird-pecked milk

T. Riordana1, T. J. Humphreya2 and A. Fowlesa3

a1 Public Health Laboratory, Church Lane, Exeter EX2 5AD

a2 The Food Unit, Public Health Laboratory, Church Lane, Exeter EX2 5AD

a3 Department of Control of Infection, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford), Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW

Abstract

A point source outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni affected 11 children in a day nursery. Milk consumed by the children was known to have been pecked by magpies on occasions. Illness was significantly associated with consumption of milk on a single morning. Examination of milk from a bottle pecked after the outbreak yielded campylobacters. The level of contamination was approximately six cells of C. jejuni per 500 ml of milk.

(Accepted November 09 1992)

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