By NewsDesk @bactiman63

Swedish public health officials are reporting an increase in the number of people who have contracted campylobacter infection in recent weeks.

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The increase has been seen throughout the country and in all age groups. The period has been preceded by an increased proportion of broiler flocks testing  positive for carrying campylobacter (Swedish Veterinary Institute (SVA).

Previous studies have shown that cases of disease are often linked to raw chicken meat, which makes it likely that increased prevalence of campylobacter in chicken flocks is the cause.

In the next few weeks, the Swedish Public Health Agency will collect samples from the disease cases for analysis and typing as part of the microbiological monitoring program in order to identify the presence of common sources of infection.