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CAMPYLOBACTER ENTERITIS


What is it?

Campylobacter enteritis is a gastrointestinal illness caused by the Campylobacter bacteria. These bacteria are often the cause of traveller’s diarrhea.

Campylobacter enteritis is a reportable disease and must be reported to the Health Department.

How is it spread?

You can pass the bacteria from one person to another through poor food handling. You may also get it by not washing your hands after you touch your pets (e.g., puppies and kittens), wild animals or sick infants that have it.

It is usually spread by eating food or water that has the bacteria in it. This can happen when bacteria from a person or animal get into the food or water. Unpasteurized milk, raw or undercooked poultry meat may also have it.

What do I look for?

You may start to feel sick 1 to 10 days (most often 2 to 5 days) after the bacteria gets into you. You can feel sick for several days to 2 weeks. You may have diarrhea (often bloody), stomach pain, fever, nausea, vomiting and feel tired.

How is it treated?

Usually, no treatment is required. However, if symptoms are really bad or go on for a long time, go see your doctor.

How can I protect myself?

More information can be obtained from

Durham Region Health Department, 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613

October 11, 2017