What Is Campylobacter Jejuni?
Campylobacter jejuni is bacteria belonging to the family campylobacteraceae. It is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States and Europe.
History of Campylobacter Jejuni
In 1886, a pediatrician named Theodor Escherich discovered the first campylobacters when he was observing diarrhea samples of children at a medical institute in Munich.
Nearly five decades later in 1931, campylobacter jejuni was discovered in Brussels, Belgium, from stool samples of a patient with diarrhea and the findings were published in the study Jones et al.
Recent research found out that C. jejuni is not only one of the most common causes of food poisoning in Europe, but also the number one bacterial cause of human gastroenteritis in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), C. jejuni is responsible for an estimated 1.5 million illnesses each year in the United States alone.
Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Campylobacter Jejuni
As we mentioned earlier, campylobacter jejuni is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world. But what we didn’t mention was that it can also lead to reactive arthritis.
So the symptoms vary depending on which disease we’re talking about. People who develop gastroenteritis typically suffer from the following symptoms:
- Low-grade fever
- Abdominal cramps
- Occasional headaches or muscle aches
- Watery diarrhea with no blood — bloody diarrhea is usually a sign of a more severe infection
Whereas patients of reactive arthritis suffer from the following symptoms:
- Skin problems
- Eye inflammation
- Urinary problems
- Swollen toes or fingers
- Pain and stiffness in the knees, ankles, and feet
- Inflammation of soft tissue where it enters bone
Although none of those symptoms sound serious, health experts say that both gastroenteritis and reactive arthritis can lead to more serious conditions if they’re not treated right away.
How You Can Treat Campylobacter Jejuni
Since campylobacter jejuni is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicine that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors prescribe a course of 5 to 7 days with a macrolide such as erythromycin or azithromycin to treat an infection caused by campylobacter jejuni.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by campylobacter jejuni, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.
You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of facing a problem caused by campylobacter jejuni?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill campylobacter jejuni is all you need to do.
How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help
Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly.
Our Path-Guard® System can kill campylobacter jejuni in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.
For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.