Going upstream to cut food-borne illness

“Our goal within the next six months is to test a vaccine for chickens that will reduce Campylobacter colonisation levels,” said lead researcher Professor Michael Konkel from Washington State University, in a media statement.

“The best way to prevent contamination is to stop chickens on the farm from becoming colonised with this microorganism in the first place, which could be achieved by vaccination.

“If we can decrease the load of human pathogens in food animals, then we can reduce human illness.”

Professor Konkel spoke at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring 2012 Conference in Dublin, 26–29 March.