Human infections with new subspecies of Campylobacter fetus

Emerg Infect Dis. 2013 Oct;19(10):1678-80. doi: 10.3201/eid1910.130883.


Campylobacter fetus subsp. testudinum subsp. nov. is a newly proposed subspecies of C. fetus with markers of reptile origin. We summarize epidemiologic information for 9 humans infected with this bacterium. All cases were in men, most of whom were of Asian origin. Infection might have been related to exposure to Asian foods or reptiles.

Keywords: C. fetus subsp. fetus; C. fetus subsp. testudinum subsp. nov.; C. fetus subsp. venerealis; Campylobacter fetus; bacteria; epidemiology; foodborne infections; human infections; reptiles.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • Campylobacter Infections / microbiology*
  • Campylobacter fetus / isolation & purification*
  • Diarrhea / microbiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Young Adult