Campylobacter

And how it can be passed from surface to surface

What is Campylobacter and what does it do?

Campylobacter is one of the most common diarrheal illnesses in the U.S. This is usually an isolated disease, not causing outbreaks or epidemics. This sickness is estimated to affect 1.3 million people each year, about 76 of which die. The sickness causes diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fever within 2-5 days of consumption. It will take about a week to get out of your system.

How do people become infected?

Campylobacteriosis most commonly happens when eating raw or undercooked poultry meat, milk, untreated water, and by accidentally touching the stool of a sick cat or dog. The bacteria is also very potent, it only takes about 500 organisms to make you sick(or one drop of poultry juice). This may happen if someone uses a cutting board with raw chicken then using the unwashed board to cut other foods. A study in 2011 showed that 47% of chicken samples have campylobacter on them. So don't be filthy and always wash your dishes.

Sources of contamination

How to prevent this disease.

Make sure all poultry is cooked, meat is no longer pink, and there is an internal temp of 165 degrees. Prevent cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards and by thoroughly cleaning boards between uses. Wash hands after preparing food and after being in contact with animal feces. And always be sure to have children with diarrhea wash their hands before coming into contact with food.