You are here


A pathogen that invades the lining of the small intestine. C. jejuni is the most commonly-isolated species.

Typical Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Severe abdominal cramps
  • Bloody diarrhea

Most at risk

  • Young children
  • The elderly
  • The immunocompromised

How is it spread?

  • Contaminated food typically¬†undercooked poultry or water
  • Occasionally through person-to-person contact
  • Examples:
    • If infected person does not wash his/her hands properly after using the toilet, can be passed along by physical contact or by handling food
    • If contaminated water (through human or animal feces) touches food at any stage (irrigation, washing, rinsing, etc.), contamination can also occur
Food Safety