Journal Article

Guillain-Barré Syndrome Associated with <i>Campylobacter jejuni</i> Infection in England, 2000–2001

Clarence C. Tam, Laura C. Rodrigues and Sarah J. O'Brien

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 2, pages 307-310
Published in print July 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Guillain-Barré Syndrome Associated with Campylobacter jejuni Infection in England, 2000–2001

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Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare but serious complication of infectious intestinal disease due to Campylobacter jejuni. To date, estimates of the burden of C. jejuni-associated GBS have been based on limited data regarding the proportion of GBS attributable to this pathogen. In this paper, we combine data obtained from Sweden and a large study of infectious intestinal disease with routine and surveillance data from England to estimate the number and proportion of GBS cases attributable to C. jejuni. We estimate that, between 1 April 2000 and 31 March 2001, symptomatic C. jejuni infection was responsible for 157 cases of GBS, constituting approximately 15% of all GBS cases in England.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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