Campylobacter

What is it?....................................Campylobacter is one of the most common food poisoning in the United States. Most cases occur at isolated events instead of recognized outbreaks.

Who is at risk?..............................Campylobacter can affect everyone but is mostly for young children under the age of five and the elderly.

What are the sources of bacteria?......................The sources of bacteria are raw and undercooked poultry, unpasteurized milk, and contaminated water.

What is the incubation period?.......................The incubation period is two to five days.

What are the symptoms?........................Diarrhea, fever, cramps, and vomiting are all symptoms of campylobacter.

How dangerous is campylobacter?.....................Most people can recover from this in ten days. However, people with weak immune systems such as infants, elderly, and pregnant women have a greater risk of problems.

How can we prevent the illness?........................Always cook meat, especially poultry, to safe minimum temperatures, also keep raw meat, especially poultry, away from other foods, and don't ever drink raw or unpasteurized milk.

This is what campylobacter looks like up close.
Never let other foods come in contact with raw meats especially poultry.
Do not wash raw chicken because the bacteria can get on the sink and other foods

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