Have you ever heard of a group of bacteria called campylobacter? It is similar to salmonella and can cause a related infection. Campylobacteriosis is a food-borne infection that targets the intestinal tract. If you consume raw or undercooked poultry or meat, you may become infected. Other outbreaks stem from contaminated water or unpasteurized dairy products according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimates that about 1.3 million of these infections occur every year. Of those, around 13,000 lead to hospitalizations and 120 cases are fatal. The CDC suggests that males are more likely to get a campylobacter infection compared to females. Further, it is more common in the summer months than the winter season.
The most common symptom of campylobacteriosis is diarrhea. If this symptom lasts for more than two days, you should visit a doctor to avoid dehydration. Signs of dehydration include a dry mouth, dark urine, and dizziness. Your stools may also be bloody if you have campylobacteriosis. This can be a frightening sight; visit your medical provider immediately to diagnose your condition. That way, you can rule out more serious illnesses. If you have a weakened immune system because of cancer, HIV/AIDS, or other autoimmune diseases, do not hesitate to seek emergency care as soon as you recognize the symptom of diarrhea.
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