Campylobacter

Rhonda Ferrett FERRETT at KIDS.WUSTL.EDU
Tue Aug 23 17:05:12 EST 1994


Campylobacter species are inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract of a number
of animals including dogs, sheep, poultry, and cattle.  Species of
Campylobacter produce two syndromes in humans:  1.  systemic disease
characterized by fever, and 2.  gastroenteritis.  It is the most common
etiologic agent of gastroenteritis in adults.  The Campylobacter species
associated with humans are usually transmitted via contaminated food, milk, or
water.  Treatment is not always necessary as the diarrhea is usually
self-limiting.  



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