Northern Ireland Public Health Laboratory

Belfast, Ireland

Northern Ireland Public Health Laboratory

Belfast, Ireland
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Nicolay N.,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Nicolay N.,Health Protection Surveillance Center | Thornton L.,Health Protection Surveillance Center | Cotter S.,Health Protection Surveillance Center | And 15 more authors.
Epidemiology and Infection | Year: 2011

We investigated an international outbreak of Salmonella Agona with a distinct PFGE pattern associated with an Irish Food company (company X) producing pre-cooked meat products sold in various food outlet chains in Europe. The outbreak was first detected in Ireland. We undertook national and international case-finding, food traceback and microbiological investigation of human, food and environmental samples. We undertook a matched case-control study on Irish cases. In total, 163 cases in seven European countries were laboratory-confirmed. Consumption of food from food outlet chains supplied by company X was significantly associated with being a confirmed case (mOR 18·3, 95% CI 2·2-149·2) in the case-control study. The outbreak strain was isolated from the company's pre-cooked meat products and production premises. Sufficient evidence was gathered to infer the vehicles of infection and sources of the outbreak and to justify the control measures taken, which were plant closure and food recall. © 2010 Cambridge University Press.


Moore J.E.,Northern Ireland Public Health Laboratory
Emerging infectious diseases | Year: 2010

The purpose of this communication is to update the veterinary public health community as to what poultry-related interventions were presented at the recent biennial International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms (CHRO), which was held in Niigata, Japan, September 2-5, 2009. More than 30 years have passed since the publication of Martin Skirrow's seminal paper in the British Medical Journal in which he described Campylobacter enteritis as a new disease (1). This publication precipitated a global interest in thermophilic campylobacters. Three decades later, these organisms still pose a grave threat to public health. Furthermore, 10 years have passed since Parkhill et al. published the genome sequence of Campylobacter jejuni NCTC11168 (2).

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