Journal article

A large outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni infection in a university college caused by chicken liver pate Australia, 2013

CRM Moffatt, A Greig, M Valcanis, W Gao, T Seemann, BP Howden, MD Kirk

Epidemiology and Infection | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016


In October 2013, public health authorities were notified of a suspected outbreak of gastroenteritis in students and guests following a catered function at a university residential college. A retrospective cohort study was undertaken to examine whether foods served at the function caused illness. A total of 56 cases of gastroenteritis, including seven laboratory-confirmed cases of Campylobacter jejuni infection, were identified in 235 eligible respondents. Univariate analysis showed a significant association with a chicken liver pâté entrée [relative risk (RR) 3·64, 95% confidence interval (CI) 2·03-6·52, P < 0·001], which retained significance after adjustment for confounding via multivariab..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This publication made use of the Campylobacter MLST website ( developed by Keith Jolley and sited at the University of Oxford (Jolley & Maiden, 2010, BMC Bioinformatics, 11: 595). The development of this site has been funded by the Wellcome Trust.This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (C.R.M.M. Public Health and Health Services Postgraduate Research Scholarship APP1074790). OzFoodNet is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.