What is it?
- Campylobacter is a germ that causes diarrhea in people
- People can get sick after eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the campylobacter germ
- Campylobacter germ can be found in the feces (poop) of animals like chickens, cows, puppies, kittens, sheep and birds
- Campylobacter is one of the number one causes of enteric disease in Ontario and happens mostly in the summer months
Signs and Symptoms
The time it takes to get sick after eating or drinking the bacteria in food or water is between 1-10 days, 2 and 5 days for most people. People can be sick for 1 to 2 weeks, but some may not get sick at all.
Keep food cold in fridges or coolers at 4 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit), or;
Keep food warm in ovens or on stoves at 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) until service
Cook meats fully and use a meat thermometer to be sure
Thaw or defrost meat in refrigerators and not on the counter (or use a microwave to thaw quickly)
Wash hands often when making food (especially after working/playing with animals, handling raw meat or even packages of raw meat)
- Wash hands after taking care of pets
Cases of Campylobacter must be reported to your local Medical Officer of Health under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.