Wash Your Hands
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Campylobacter and other harmful germs can survive on your hands. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water during these times:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After touching pets and other animals or their food or poop
  • After touching garbage
Keep Certain Foods Separated

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Keep raw poultry away from other foods. Use separate cutting boards and clean them properly.

  • Use one cutting board for raw meat (including poultry, seafood, and beef)
  • Use another cutting board for fresh fruits and vegetables, and other foods.
  • Clean all cutting boards, countertops, and utensils with soap and hot water after preparing any type of raw meat.
Cook Food to the Right Temperature
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Be extra careful with poultry, one of the top causes of Campylobacter illnesses in the United States. Poultry includes chicken, turkey, duck, goose, and other farmed birds.

  • All poultry and foods containing poultry, such as sausages and casseroles, should be cooked to reach a minimum internal temperature of 165°F.
  • If you are served poultry that appears to be undercooked in a restaurant, send it back for further cooking.
Drink Pasteurized Milk
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Raw milk can carry Campylobacter and other harmful germs that can make you very sick. The risk of getting sick from drinking raw milk is greater for:

  • infants and young children
  • adults aged 65 and older
  • pregnant women
  • people with weakened immune systems, such as people with the blood disorders thalassemia and hypogammaglobulinemia, AIDS, or people receiving chemotherapy.
Do Not Drink Untreated Water
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It is important to know where drinking water comes from, if it’s been treated to remove harmful germs, and if it’s safe to drink.

  • Do not drink untreated water from a stream, river, pond, or lake.
  • Be sure that wells are located a safe distance from possible sources of contamination, such as septic tanks, livestock, and manure.
  • If you have a septic tank or well, have it inspected regularly to ensure that it is functioning properly.
Take Care with Pets
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Pets sometimes carry Campylobacter and other germs that can make you sick. CDC’s tips can help keep you and your pets healthy.