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Campylobacter

Campylobacter bacteria

Campylobacter is the commonest reported bacterial cause of infectious intestinal disease in England and Wales.

Two species account for the majority of infections: C. jejuni and C. coli. Illness is characterised by severe diarrhoea and abdominal pain.

Undercooked meat (especially poultry) is often associated with illness, as is unpasteurised milk and untreated water. The majority of infections, however, remain unexplained by recognised risk factors for disease.

For campylobacter diagnostic services please see the Gastrointestinal infections reference unit pages.