What is Campylobacter?
Campylobacter is a bacteria that is found naturally in the intestines of some animals such as cows and chickens. These animals typically show no signs of carrying this bacteria. However, it can be transferred to the edible parts of an animal during normal food processing procedures. Also, soil easily becomes contaminated by feces of animals, which can then contaminate water sources or food producing farms and agribusiness.
When ingested it can cause a foodborne illness, campylobacteriosis in both humans and animals. Foods commonly associated as carriers of this bacteria are contaminated drinking water, unpasteurized dairy products, or it can even be contracted by contact with animals. Many people are undiagnosed, however it is estimated that this disease affects more than a million people every year, ranking as one of the main illnesses causing diarrhea in the United States.
How Dangerous Is Campylobacteriosis?
Campylobacteriosis can have very unpleasant symptoms, including bloody diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever. It usually appears two to five days after infection and can last a week or longer in severe cases. In people with compromised immune systems, it can be quite dangerous, potentially spreading to the bloodstream and creating a risk of fatal infection.
It takes fewer than 500 individual cells of Campylobacter bacteria to infect, which amounts to no more than a drop of raw chicken juice contains.
Why Is Campylobacter Prevention Difficult?
Because Campylobacter infects so easily and is so hard to detect, prevention can be extremely difficult.
What Treatment Options Do I Have For Campylobacter Remediation?
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