Risk factors for Campylobacter colonisation during rearing of broiler flocks in Great Britain

Johanne Ellis-Iversen, F. Jorgensen, S. Bull, L. Powell, A. J. Cook, T. J. Humphrey

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We investigated the associations between Campylobacter colonisation and management practices and farm characteristics in 603 housed broiler batches originating from 137 farms in Great Britain. All study batches were the initial batch slaughtered from the selected house on enrolled farms. Between 1 and 15 batches were sampled from each farm throughout the study. A total of 34.2% of the batches was Campylobacter positive and multivariable multilevel logistic regression revealed that the risk of Campylobacter colonisation was highest in July (OR = 3.4, CI95%:1.8; 6.4), August (OR = 3.4, CI95%:1.9; 6.2) and September (OR = 3.7, CI95%:1.9; 7.1). Cattle on or adjacent to the farm increased the risk (OR = 1.7, CI95%: 1.1; 2.7), whereas chlorinated drinking water reduced it (OR = 0.5, CI95%:0.2; 0.9). If the first removed batch from the previous flock in the house had been Campylobacter positive, the first batch of the following flock was also more likely to be colonised (OR = 3.2, CI95%:2.1; 4.9). This association was more likely due to a persistent risk practice or source of Campylobacter on the farm than a direct carry-over from previous flock.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Issue number3-4
Pages (from-to)178-184
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Broiler husbandry
  • Campylobacter
  • Logistic regression
  • On farm
  • Risk factor

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