Microbial food borne pathogens. Campylobacter jejuni

Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract. 1998 Mar;14(1):31-40.


Campylobacter jejuni is the most common food borne bacterial pathogen and leading cause of food borne disease in humans in the United States and other industrialized nations. Approximately four million cases of human campylobacteriosis occur each year in the United States. Although the majority of cases consist of limited diarrheal illness, severe sequelae can affect a small portion of patients with campylobacteriosis that may include reactive arthritis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Animal reservoirs primarily include poultry (C. jejuni) and swine (C. coli). Pathogen reduction during poultry processing and safe handling of raw poultry in the kitchen are needed to prevent illness.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology*
  • Campylobacter Infections / physiopathology
  • Campylobacter Infections / prevention & control
  • Campylobacter jejuni / drug effects
  • Campylobacter jejuni / physiology*
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cattle Diseases / prevention & control
  • Disease Reservoirs
  • Drug Resistance, Microbial
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Food-Processing Industry
  • Humans
  • Poultry
  • Poultry Diseases / epidemiology
  • Poultry Diseases / prevention & control
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Water Microbiology