Campylobacter Food Poisoning Claims
Campylobacter claims are the most common common type of food poisoning claim
They are caused by the campylobacter virus which comes from infected food or drink getting into the gut leading to diarrhoea and symptoms of campylobacter such as vomiting and dehydration
What causes campylobacter?
The main places where the bacteria are found are raw meat and especially poultry. Another common source is unpasteurised milk or untreated water and even ice cubes
Campylobacter poisoning is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. It is most common in young children and older adults over 60 who are especially vulnerable. People who work in the meat and farming industry are also commonly affected
What are the symptoms of campylobacter?
Campylobacter is unlike many other types of food poisoning because the symptoms come on a long time after ingesting the infected food or drink. The symptoms normally take 2-5 days to become evident but this can be as long as 10 days in some cases. The typical symptoms are nausea and vomiting and diarrhoea.
How long does it take to get over it?
In most cases the symptoms are relatively mild and improve between 2-5 days. However depending on the level of dehydration this can be longer and if dehydration persists- particularly in children –medical advice should be sought.
How is campylobacter diagnosed?
After the initial consultation in which food poisoning is diagnosed normally a stool sample is taken to confirm the bacteria is present.
What should I do if I suspect that I have food poisoning caused by campylobacter?
If you are diagnosed as having campylobacter as a result of eating takeaway or restaurant food this should be reported to the local Environmental Health officer
It is vital that any business that has caused campylobacter has their food practice investigated immediately.
You can contact your local food standards agency by the following link: www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/enforceessential/yourarea/
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