Campylobacteriosis is an intestinal illness caused by the bacterium Campylobacter of which there are many types.
Who gets this disease?
Anyone can. The illness occurs in all age groups.
How is it spread?
Campylobacter is spread by the fecal-oral route. Water, milk or food (especially poorly cooked poultry products) contaminated with Campylobacter in their stools may also be a source of infection to people.
What are the symptoms?
Diarrhea (which may be severe and bloody), stomach cramps, vomiting and fever are the usual symptoms.
How soon do Symptoms appear?
The symptoms generally appear between one and seven days, but can be longer.
Can a person have this disease without knowing it?
Yes. Although symptoms usually go away after one to ten days on their own, there may still be germs in the stools for several weeks if treatment is not given.
What is the treatment?
Although antibiotic therapy may not shorten the illness, it does shorten the amount of time the germ is passed in the stools. Therefore, in the child care setting, treatment is recommended for adults and children with Campylobacter in their stools. This will reduce the chance of spread to others. Treatment with erythromycin usually gets rid of the germ in two or three days.
How can the spread of this disease be prevented?
Who should be excluded?
Any person with diarrhea shall be excluded from food handling, from childcare agency and from direct care of hospitalized institutionalized patients until the person is no longer having diarrhea.
Yes, Campylobacteriosis is reportable by New Hampshire law.
Where can you get more information?
Salem Health Department33 Geremonty DriveSalem, NH 03079
Phone: (603) 890-2050Fax: (603) 898-1223
Town Hall Hours Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Office/Permit HoursMonday-Friday, 8:30am - 9:30am & 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Health OfficerBrian Lockard, CFPM(Certified Food Safety Professional)
FDA Certified Inspector
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