Campylobacter species

Precautions

Contact Precautions

General Information

Gram negative bacillus

The gastrointestinal tracts of domestic and wild birds and animals are reservoirs.

Transmission occurs by ingestion of contaminated food or water or by direct contact with fecal material from infected animals or people.

Common food-borne cause of acute illness with diarrhea.

Immunoreactive complications can occur:

  • ¬†Guillain-Barre Syndrome

  • ¬†Reactive arthritis

Treatment can shorten the duration of illness and excretion of susceptible organisms and prevent relapse when given early in gastrointestinal tract infection.

Treatment should be given in patients with prolonged or severe disease and in immunocompromised patients.