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Biology Articles » Agriculture » Animal Production » A farm-level study of risk factors associated with the colonization of broiler flocks with Campylobacter spp. in Iceland, 2001 – 2004 » Miscellaneous

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- A farm-level study of risk factors associated with the colonization of broiler flocks with Campylobacter spp. in Iceland, 2001 – 2004

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

MTG performed the statistical analysis and drafted the manuscript. WM, OB and SAM critically evaluated the analysis and revised the manuscript for intellectual content. JR was involved in the conception, design and coordination of the study, data collection and data quality checks, and revision of the manuscript for intellectual content. JRB was involved in the conception and design of the study, the design of the epidemiological database structure, building the data query for the broiler farm analysis, and revision of the manuscript for intellectual content. RL was involved in the conception, design and coordination of the study, data management and final data quality control, and revision of the manuscript for intellectual content. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge support for this project by the National Research Initiative of the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service grant program "Epidemiological Approaches for Food Safety" (grant # 2002-35212-12369), and by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (CRIS # 6612-32000-046-00), as well as in-kind contributions from the agencies of all collaborating scientists. The authors wish to acknowledge the exceptional cooperation of the Icelandic poultry industry, agencies in Iceland who have shared extensive geo-located and environmental data, and the collaborating scientists and agencies of the "Campy-on-Ice" Consortium. A special acknowledgement is extended to Dr. Pascal Michel for his significant role in the design of the study. The support of the Ontario Veterinary College in providing a doctoral fellowship to M. Guerin is also greatly appreciated.

"Campy-on-Ice" Consortium

Iceland: Haraldur Briem6, Vala Friðriksdóttir3, Franklín Georgsson4, Eggert Gunnarsson3, Hjördís Harðardóttir5, Karl Kristinsson5, Guðrún Sigmundsdóttir5,6, Jarle Reiersen2. Sweden: Eva Berndtson7. Canada: Jean-Robert Bisaillon12, Aamir Fazil8, Pascal Michel9,10, Greg Paoli11, Ruff Lowman12. USA: Ken Callicott1, Kelli Hiett1, Norman Stern1.

1USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Athens, Georgia U.S.A.

2Agricultural Agency of Iceland, Austurvegur, Selfoss, Iceland

3Institute of Experimental Pathology, Keldur, Reykjavík, Iceland

4The Environment and Food Agency of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland

5Landspítali University Hospital, Reykjavík, Iceland

6Directorate of Health, Seltjarnarnes, Iceland

7Lantmännen SweChick AB, Kristianstad, Sweden

8Public Health Agency of Canada, LFZ, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

9Public Health Agency of Canada, LFZ, Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada

10Department of Microbiology and Pathology, FMV, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada

11Decisionalysis Risk Consultants Inc., Ottawa, Canada

12Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Canada


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