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Estimate of the number of Campylobacter infections in the Hunter region, NSW, 2004–2007 Volume 20 Issue 11-12

April R. Roberts-Witteveen, David N. Durrheim, Tony D. Merritt, Sally A. Munnoch

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 20(12) 187–191 Published online: 4 February 2010

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April R. Roberts-Witteveen

David N. Durrheim

Tony D. Merritt

Sally A. Munnoch


Objectives: Campylobacteriosis is not notifiable in NSW and the number of cases of disease is thus not well described. Methods: De-identified campylobacteriosis records for 2004–2007 were requested from laboratories in the Hunter region of NSW. Based on notifying laboratory, a notification weighting was applied to laboratory-confirmed campylobacteriosis cases to provide an overall estimate of disease in the area. Results: The estimated median of the annual number of laboratory-confirmed campylobacteriosis cases was 788 (range 700–1022). The ratio of estimated cases to notifications was 5.5 : 1. Conclusion: infection causes considerable disease in the Hunter, and likely in NSW. Regular review of laboratory results may be valuable.