To describe and compare the epidemiological features of cases of infection, and the microbiological features of isolates of campylobacter across the UK.
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To produce a representative sample of cases and organisms isoated throughout the UK
<LI> To provide a statistically valid sample of cases and organisms from which extrapolation of trends would be legitimate
<LI> To generate hypotheses for possible future detailed studies on specific food, environmental and cultural issues impacting on campylobacter epidemilology
<LI> To provide information to facilitate the development of a rational policy for the prevention of campylobacter infection throughout the UK
<LI> To provide information to facilitate the identification and control of local outbreaks
<LI> To comply with ACMSF recommendations