Campylobacteriosis

Below you will find more information about Campylobacteriosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Campylobacteriosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Campylobacteriosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Campylobacteriosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Campylobacteriosis is an intestinal infection caused by bacteria called Campylobacter; commonly found in the stool of infected people and animals, processed food products contaminated in the process and preparation, poorly cooked chicken and other contaminated fruits that have not been hygienically prepared.

Diagnosis

Stool culture is done by means of getting stool sample to reveal and confirm diagnosis of Campylobacteriosis.

Treatment

Most individuals often get well without the need for treatment; however, antibiotic treatment is often prescribed to treat severe and prolonged cases of campylobacteriosis. Drinking clean and uncontaminated water, juices, and soups are necessary to prevent dehydration which is common to happen when people have diarrhea.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms develop one to 10 days (average of three to five days) after ingesting the bacteria characterized by either mild symptoms or severe or acute gastrointestinal illness including mild diarrhea that sometimes maybe blood-tinged. High fever when left uncontrolled may lead to convulsions. Stomach cramps that are very intense which often comes with mild to severe vomiting.

Causes

Food contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria during processing or preparation. Handling pets or animals that have diarrhea; since the bacteria leave the body of infected people and animals by means of stool. Unpasteurized milk and cheese made from unpasteurized milk may also contain Campylobacter.

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