Campylobacter jejuni is the major causative agent of foodborne gastroenteritis across Europe. Contaminated chicken meat is the main source of infections and hence control of this pathogen is critical to food security in the poultry industry.
Campylobacter jejuni is the main cause of bacterial food-borne disease in the UK and is a global public health priority. Infection and transmission are usually linked with contaminated food or water, with chicken being a major source.
Aims. Campylobacter jejuni is a major agent of food-borne gastroenteritis. This pathogen contains multiple hypermutable sequences whose hypermutability enables the bacteria to survive the combined effects of fluctuating selection and non-selective bottlenecks.
Antimicrobial resistance is among the largest threats to human health, with the emergence of multidrug resistant bacterial infections meaning traditional treatment approaches are being rendered ineffective.