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Posted in Campylobacter on October 31, 2021
Campylobacteriosis is an infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with campylobacter bacteria. It is the most common bacterial cause of diarrheal illness in the U.S., anyone can get it, and you can have it more than once.
More than two million people are infected with campylobacter bacteria each year, and an estimated 76 people die, with babies younger than one, teens, and young adults most commonly affected. As a result, campylobacter results in approximately $270 million in annual direct medical costs.
Yes, campylobacteriosis can spread from person to person when they come into contact with fecal matter from an infected person, especially from a child in diapers. Household pets can carry and spread the bacteria to people as well.
In some cases, people with a campylobacter infection develop complications, such as:
Most people recover completely within one week.
If you or your child are generally in good health, call your doctor when experiencing the following symptoms:
If you or your child has a weakened immune system, speak to your physician as soon as diarrhea or other symptoms begin. If you believe negligence was the cause of your Campylobacter infection, speak with an experienced Campylobacter lawyer.
Considering how often people are infected with campylobacter bacteria, there are more individual cases than outbreaks. Outbreaks are not often reported; however, their frequency is increasing. From 2004 to 2009, there were an average of 22 outbreaks each year, from 2010 to 2012, an average of 31, and between 2013 to 2017, an average of 29 outbreaks took place each year.
Between 2010 and 2017, public health agencies reported a total of 236 foodborne Campylobacter outbreaks, responsible for 2,381 people becoming ill. According to the CDC’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System, those outbreaks were caused by the following sources:
State, local, and territorial public health departments are primarily responsible for identifying and investigating Campylobacter outbreaks.
The antibiotic options to treat campylobacter may eventually disappear. Antibiotics can typically stop the growth of or kill a susceptible germ, but campylobacter is decreasing in its susceptibility.
|Percentage of Campylobacter||Estimated Number of Infections Per Year||Estimated Infections Per 100,000 U.S. Population|
|Decreased Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin||28%||429,600||130|
|Decreased Susceptibility to Azithromycin||4%||55,600||20|
|Decreased Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin or Azithromycin||29%||448,400||140|
|Decreased Susceptibility to Ciprofloxacin and Azithromycin||2%||36,800||10|
Between January 2019 to March 2021, a total of 56 people were infected by a strain of multi-drug-resistant campylobacter bacteria linked to pet store puppies. The outbreak occurred across 17 states, and nine people were hospitalized.
According to the CDC, measures that should be taken to prevent resistant Campylobacter infections include:
You can reduce your chance of campylobacter infection by avoiding risky foods and practicing good personal hygiene.
To prevent the spread of campylobacter, you should also:
Generally, people will continue to pass the bacteria in their stool (feces) for a few days to several weeks after becoming infected with Campylobacter, but certain antibiotics may shorten this carrier phase.