Campylobacter infection is a common water and food-borne gastro illness caused by a bacteria called Campylobacter. It is passed on in the faeces (poo) of infected birds, animals and humans. Campylobacter cannot be spread through the air but it can be spread through contaminated water and food, or from contact with infected people.

Symptoms include watery diarrhoea (runny poos), abdominal pain or cramping, fever, nausea and vomiting. If you or someone in your family may have campylobacter, contact your family doctor. Campylobacter is a notifiable illness.

Prevention

The best way to prevent campylobacter infection is to practice good hygiene, take care when preparing food, cook food well, watch what you eat and wash your hands frequently and properly.

Further information

Further information on campylobacter is available by visiting the following website.

Health Navigator| Campylobacter

Last updated 23 May 2017.