Trends in the epidemiology of campylobacteriosis in Israel (1999-2012)

Ravit Bassal*, Larisa Lerner, Lea Valinsky, Vered Agmon, Nehama Peled, Colin Block, Nati Keller, Yoram Keness, Diana Taran, Bracha Shainberg, Shifra Ken-Dror, Orit Treygerman, Tsvi Rouach, Shulamit Lowenthal, Tamar Shohat, Daniel Cohen

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The objective of this study was to examine the recent trends in the epidemiology of campylobacteriosis in Israel. A Sentinel Laboratory-Based Surveillance Network for Bacterial Enteric Diseases was established in Israel by the Israel Center for Disease Control (ICDC). This network generated data on subjects from whom Campylobacter spp. was isolated in community and hospital laboratories. Further characterization of the isolates was done at the Campylobacter National Reference Laboratory. Data from these two sources were integrated and analyzed at the ICDC. Between 1999 and 2012, 40,978 Campylobacter stool isolates were reported to the ICDC by the sentinel laboratories. The incidence rate of campylobacteriosis increased from 65.7 per 100,000 in 1999 to 101.7 per 100,000 in 2012. This increase resulted from a significant rise in the incidence of campylobacteriosis in the Jewish population which, since 2009, surpassed the consistent higher incidence of the disease in Israeli Arabs. The peak morbidity in Israel consistently occurred in late spring, with a risk excess in males compared with females, in younger age groups and earlier in the life span among Arabs than among Jews and others. These results suggest that further analytical studies should be carried out to identify risk factors responsible for the increased incidence of campylobacteriosis and better direct prevention and control of the disease in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-455
Number of pages8
JournalFoodborne Pathogens and Disease
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016


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