Causes and Symptoms of Campylobacteriosis

Campylobacteriosis is an infection caused by bacteria of the genus Campylobacter. These bacteria live in the intestines of healthy birds, and raw poultry meat commonly has Campylobacter on it.

Campylobacter is one of the most common bacterial causes of diarrheal illness in the United States and is the most commonly reported bacterial enteric pathogen in Minnesota. Approximately 800 to 1200 cases of Campylobacter are reported in Minnesota each year. Virtually all cases occur as isolated, sporadic events, not as part of large outbreaks.

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Symptoms
Duration of Illness
Transmission
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Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain and cramps
  • fever
  • and vomiting.

Symptoms usually begin within 2 to 5 days after exposure to the organism.

Duration of Illness

  • Symptoms typically last 1 week.
  • Appropriate antibiotic treatment may shorten the duration of illness.

Transmission

Infections are often associated with international travel, undercooked poultry, unpasteurized milk, untreated water, and contact with farm animals.

Eating undercooked chicken or other food that has been contaminated with juices dripping from raw chicken is the most frequent source of this infection.

Campylobacter may also be found in the feces of some pets, especially those with diarrhea, and people can become infected if they do not wash their hands after contact with these pets.

 

 


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Updated Tuesday, 16-Nov-2010 12:21:06 CST