Preventing Campylobacteriosis

You can prevent campylobacteriosis by:

Minimizing Your Risk

Wash your hands

  • Wash hands after handling uncooked poultry.

  • Wash hands after using the bathroom and changing diapers, and before handling or eating any food.

  • Make sure that persons with diarrhea, especially children, wash their hands carefully and frequently with soap to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

  • Always wash hands after contact with farm animals, pets, animal feces, and animal environments.

  • Hand Hygiene
    Wash Your Hands!

Keep your food preparation areas clean

  • Keep raw meat and poultry separate from produce and other foods when shopping for and storing groceries.

  • Wash hands, cutting boards, countertops, cutlery, and utensils after handling uncooked poultry.

  • Cross-Contamination
    Food and kitchen tools and surfaces may become contaminated from raw food products.

Avoid unpasteurized foods

  • Avoid unpasteurized (raw) milk and foods made from unpasteurized milk

Cook your food at the appropriate temperatures

  • Thoroughly cook poultry to destroy the bacteria. Poultry should be cooked until it is no longer pink in the middle.

  • Storage and Cooking Temperatures
    Learn more about storage and cooking temperatures

Be careful when dealing with animals

  • Always wash hands after contact with farm animals, pets, animal feces, and animal environments.

  • Campylobacter Infection and Animals
    CDC; Protect yourself against getting Campylobacter from animals. Attention: Non-MDH link

Use caution when swimming

  • Avoid swallowing lake or pool water while swimming.

  • Anyone with a diarrheal illness should avoid swimming in public pools or lakes, sharing baths with others, and preparing food for others.

  • Healthy Swimming
    CDC; Contains information on recreational waterborne illnesses. Attention: Non-MDH link

 

Do you suspect that you have a foodborne illness? Visit reporting suspected foodborne illnesses.

 

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