What is camplyobacter?
Campylobacter refers to a group of bacteria that's commonly found in the intestines of animals, including poultry, wild birds, swine, cattle, rodents, and household pets. Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli are the two species that most often infect humans, causing an illness.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Signs and symptoms are often seen 1 to 10 days after exposure and include:
- Stomach cramps or pain
How long is it contagious?
A person is capable of passing the infection to others as long as the germ is present in their feces. This can be for several days to several weeks.
How is it spread?
Campylobacter can be spread:
- Person-to-person by a fecal-oral route (e.g. unwashed hands).
- By putting anything in your mouth that has been in contact with infected stool (e.g. toys or a pen).
- By swallowing contaminated food or water, (e.g., raw or undercooked meats).
- Through contact with infected pets and animals (e.g., field trips).
Should I see a health care provider?
Yes, contact your health care provider if you think you or your child has campylobacter.