Campylobacter jejuni

Campylobacter jejuni is a microaerobic, non-spore forming, gram-negative bacteria of the Campylobacteraceae family. C. jejuni lives in the intestinal tract of animals.

Hosts: C. jejuni is zoonotic and can be transmitted to poultry from humans and other animals, and those animals to humans. Flies have been suggested as a possible vector.

Susceptibility to disinfectants: C. jejuni is susceptible to 10 mg/L iodophor, 1:50 000 quaternary ammonium compound, 0.15% phenolic compound, 70% ethyl alcohol or 0.125% glutaraldehyde all with a contact time of 1 minute or 5mg/L of hypochlorite with a contact time of 5 minutes.

Survival outside host: Campylobacter can survive for many weeks in water at 4°C, but only a few days in water above 15°C.

Taxonomy

  • Order: Campylobacterales
  • Family: Erysipelotrichaceae
  • Genus: Campylobacter

Hosts

  • dogs
  • cats
  • humans
  • wild birds
  • cattle
  • poultry
  • pigs
  • sheep
  • insects

Associated Diseases