The great gastro pathogen face-off

Salmonella and Campylobacter should be a public health priority, say Australian researchers who have compared the burden of six gastrointestinal pathogens.

Campylobacter was responsible for the greatest number of disability-adjusted years (DALYs), according to the Monash University study, which also assesses data for norovirus, rotavirus, non-typhoidal Salmonella, Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

Based on 2010 Australian data, it shows Campylobacter caused 18,222 DALYs, at an average of 23.5 DALY/1,000 cases. Less than 10% of Campylobacter cases developed IBS but more than half the DALY