Why it’s a Threat
is the most common bacterial cause of diarrhea
in the United States; over 2 million cases are
reported each year. Although Campylobacter
doesn't commonly cause death, it is estimated
that approximately 100 persons with Campylobacter
infections die each year.
Gram-negative bacteria, S-shaped or spiral rods,
approximately 0.5 micron wide and 2 microns long.
A polar tail at one or both ends propels the bacteria
Thrives in birds; spreads through raw and undercooked
poultry, raw milk, and untreated water.
Cook all poultry products thoroughly. Wash hands
with soap before handling raw foods of animal origin,
and avoid consuming unpasteurized milk and untreated
Campylobacter’s growing resistance
to antibiotics may complicate treatment in the future.
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