2000 Indiana Report of Infectious Diseases


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Rates presented are per 100,000 population and are based on the U.S. 2000 Census.

Cases Incidence
Total 591 9.7
Race-specific cases and rates1
White  359 6.9
Black  30 5.9
Other2   5 *2.0
Sex-specific cases and rates3
Female 272 8.8
Male 311 10.4

Campylobacteriosis is a bacterial disease usually transmitted through raw or undercooked foods of animal origin or foods cross-contaminated by animal products or feces. It can also be transmitted by untreated or contaminated water or person-to-person. Of the confirmed cases investigated by Indiana's local health departments, the following risk factors were the most common: contact with domestic animals (pets), chicken consumption within five days prior to illness, contact with someone with similar symptoms, travel outside of Indiana, swimming, and contact with livestock.

In 2000, Indiana had 591 reported cases of campylobacteriosis, which is slightly higher than the number of reported cases in 1999 (Figure Cam1). Incidence of disease was greatest during the summer months, as shown in Figure Cam2.

The incidence rate for males (10.4) was greater than that for females (8.8), and the incidence rate for whites (6.8) was higher than that for blacks (5.9) or other races (2.0).  Age-specific rates were greatest for children less than 1 year of age (40.2) followed by children from 1 to 4 years of age (18.0) (Figure Cam3). 

Among counties with at least 5 cases reported, the incidence rate was highest in Lawrence (19.6), Vanderburgh (18.6), Steuben (18.1), Warrick (17.2) and Shelby (16.1) Counties.  No outbreaks of campylobacteriosis were reported in Indiana in 2000.


1 - Race was unknown for 197 of the reported cases.

2 - "Other" includes American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and multiracial.

3 - Sex was unknown for 8 of the reported cases.

* - Rate based on less than 20 cases and should be considered unstable.