Microbe Profile: Campylobacter jejuni - survival instincts

Microbiology (Reading). 2020 Mar;166(3):230-232. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000906.


Campylobacter jejuni is considered to be the most common bacterial cause of human gastroenteritis worldwide. C. jejuni can cause bloody diarrhoea, fever and abdominal pain in humans along with post-infectious sequelae such as Guillain-Barré syndrome (a paralytic autoimmune complication). C. jejuni infections can be fatal, particularly among young children. C. jejuni are distributed in most warm-blooded animals, and therefore the main route of transmission is generally foodborne, via the consumption and handling of meat products (particularly poultry). C. jejuni is microaerophilic and oxygen-sensitive, although it appears to be omnipresent in the environment, one of the many contradictions of Campylobacter.

Keywords: Campylobacter jejuni.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology
  • Campylobacter Infections / microbiology*
  • Campylobacter Infections / transmission
  • Campylobacter jejuni / classification
  • Campylobacter jejuni / pathogenicity
  • Campylobacter jejuni / physiology*
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Gastroenteritis / epidemiology
  • Gastroenteritis / microbiology
  • Genome, Bacterial
  • Humans
  • Microbial Viability
  • Phylogeny
  • Poultry / microbiology