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A total of 969 isolates of Campylobacter jejuni originating in the Preston, Lancashire postcode district over a 3-year period were characterized using multi-locus sequence typing. Recently developed statistical methods and a genetic model were used to investigate temporal, spatial, spatio-temporal and genetic variation in human C. jejuni infections. The analysis of the data showed statistically significant seasonal variation, spatial clustering, small-scale spatio-temporal clustering and spatio-temporal interaction in the overall pattern of incidence, and spatial segregation in cases classified according to their most likely species-of-origin.

Original publication

DOI

10.1017/s0950268810000488

Type

Journal article

Journal

Epidemiology and infection

Publication Date

10/2010

Volume

138

Pages

1384 - 1390

Addresses

Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. edith.gabriel@univ-avignon.fr

Keywords

Humans, Campylobacter jejuni, Campylobacter Infections, Enteritis, DNA, Bacterial, Bacterial Typing Techniques, Cluster Analysis, DNA Fingerprinting, Sequence Analysis, DNA, Seasons, Genotype, Time Factors, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Middle Aged, Child, Child, Preschool, Infant, Infant, Newborn, England, Female, Male, Young Adult, Foodborne Diseases, Molecular Epidemiology