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Campylobacter
What is it?

Campylobacter is a type of bacteria that causes diarrheal infection. Signs or symptoms of this type of infection include bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramping, or malaise. The incubation period of this infection is about 1 to 7 days (but can be longer). The contagious period can be shortened through treatment, but without it, can last for 2 to 3 weeks. Symptoms can also relapse after the contagious period. Antibiotics can help shorten the illness time and wipe out bacteria from the stool faster. Outbreaks are uncommon in group care settings.
How is it spread?

  •     Contact with stool from infected birds, farm animals, or pets
  •     Contaminated water
  •     Unpasteurized milk
  •     Person-to-person via the fecal-oral route

How to control it?

  •     Properly wash your hands, especially after having contact with dog/cat feces or raw poultry
  •     Exclusion of specific symptoms
  •     Report the infection to your child’s care center or school. Alert other family members and staff to watch for symptoms among others.
  •     Avoid unpasteurized milk and non-chlorinated water.
  •     Antibiotics

Exclude from group setting?

YES, if:

  •     Any child or caregiver/teacher has bloody diarrhea.
  •     The child is unable to participate and staff determines that they cannot care for the child without compromising their ability to care for other children.
  •     The child has a fever with behavior change.

Readmit to group setting?

  •     When diarrhea has resolved or reverted to a new stool pattern for more than a week.
  •     When the child is able to participate and staff determines they can care for the child without compromising their ability to care for the other children.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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