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Treatment of Campylobacter infections can reduce duration of symptoms and prevent recurrence.

Campylobacter can present with severe abdominal pain, fever and diarrhea with our with gross or occult blood. Treatment is with Azithromycin or Erythromycin. Fluroquinolones are an option when susceptible.

There are many potential complications including febrile seizures, bacteremia, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and reactive arthritis.

C jejuni and C coli are the strains most often causing infectious diarrhea. Undercooked poultry, contaminated water and unpasteurized milk are potential sources of infection.


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