Campylobacter Infections

Campylobacter infection is a common foodborne illness. You get it from eating raw or undercooked poultry. You can also get it from coming in contact with contaminated packages of poultry. Symptoms include

  • Diarrhea
  • Cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting

Some infected people don't have any symptoms. The illness usually lasts one week. Most people get better without treatment. You should drink extra fluids for as long as the diarrhea lasts. Your doctor will decide whether you need to take antibiotics.

To prevent campylobacter infection, cook poultry thoroughly. Use a separate cutting board and utensils for meats and clean them carefully with soap and hot water after use.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptoms of Campylobacter Infections

The following features are indicative of Campylobacter Infections:
  • cramping
  • abdominal pain
  • fever
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • watery diarrhea
  • bloody diarrhea
It is possible that Campylobacter Infections shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Campylobacter Infections

The following are the most common causes of Campylobacter Infections:
  • eating contaminated foods
  • Campylobacter enteritis bacterium
  • close contact with infected people or animals
  • intake of unpasteurized milk

Risk Factors for Campylobacter Infections

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Campylobacter Infections:
  • close contacts with animals

Prevention of Campylobacter Infections

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Campylobacter Infections. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • prevent yourself from food poisoning

Occurrence of Campylobacter Infections

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Campylobacter Infections cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Rare between 10K - 50K cases

Common Age Group

Campylobacter Infections can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Campylobacter Infections can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Campylobacter Infections

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Campylobacter Infections:
  • Blood test: To test complete blood count
  • Stool sample testing: To test white blood cells
  • Stool culture test: To see Campylobacter jejuni

Doctor for Diagnosis of Campylobacter Infections

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Campylobacter Infections:
  • Infectious disease specialists

Complications of Campylobacter Infections if untreated

Yes, Campylobacter Infections causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Campylobacter Infections is left untreated:
  • dehydration
  • shock
  • may be fatal

Self-care for Campylobacter Infections

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Campylobacter Infections:
  • Give plenty of fluids: Keeping your body hydrated reduces the risk of disease
  • Timely diet: Give your children small portions of meal
  • Maintain Hygiene: Clean the meat utensils with hot water and soap

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Campylobacter Infections

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Campylobacter Infections:
  • Vitamin A supplementation: Prevent and treat the infection
  • Oral Rehydration Therapy: Treat dehydration by fluid replacement

Time for Treatment of Campylobacter Infections

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Campylobacter Infections to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

Is Campylobacter Infections Infectious?

Yes, Campylobacter Infections is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • It spreads by close contact with infected people or animals

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Campylobacter Infections.

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