Campylobacter Food Poisoning Claims
Campylobacter claims are the most common common type of food poisoning claim.
The campylobacter virus gets into the gut and causes the poisoning. The virus can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration.
What causes campylobacter?
The bacteria mainly infect raw meat. They favour raw chicken. Other common sources include unpasteurised milk, untreated water and ice cubes.
Campylobacter poisoning is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. It is most common in young children and adults over 60. People who work in the meat and farming industry are also commonly affected
What are the symptoms of campylobacter?
Unlike many other types of food poisoning the symptoms of Campylobacter come on a long time after eating the infected food or drink. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea are typical symptoms. These normally take 2-5 days to appear but this can take as long as 10 days.
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. If dehydration persists, particularly in children, medical advice should be sought.
How is campylobacter diagnosed?
Once food poisoning is diagnosed a stool sample will be taken. This is in order to confirm that campylobacter bacteria is present.
What should I do if I suspect that I have food poisoning caused by campylobacter?
You should see a suitably qualified medical person straight away. If your symptoms are severe you should go to A&E. Infected children, elderly people, those already weak or poorly should go to A&E.
If your poisoning was caused by food you bought then you should contact a specialist solicitor as soon as possible.
If you are diagnosed as having campylobacter this should be reported to the local Environmental Health officer. It is vital that any business that has caused campylobacter is 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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