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Campylobacter Infections

  • Martin J. Blaser

Abstract

Campylobacters are gram-negative, vibriolike organisms that cause diarrheal and systemic illness in man and a number of diseases in wild and domestic animals. The name Campylobacter, meaning “curved rod” in Greek, was given to these organisms when it was found that they differed in their biochemical characteristics from true members of the genus Vibrio. At present, seven distinct organisms comprise the genus Campylobacter, but only two of them, C. fetus subsp. jejuni and C. fetus subsp. intestinalis, have been recognized to cause human disease. Campylobacter fetus subsp. jejuni is now known to be a common cause of diarrheal illness worldwide. Because C. fetus subsp. intestinalis is an uncommon human pathogen that affects debilitated hosts, most interest has focused on C. fetus subsp. jejuni and the diarrheal illness it causes.

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Diarrheal Disease Enteric Pathogen Serological Survey Diarrheal Illness Enteric Flora 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin J. Blaser
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  1. 1.Enteric Diseases Branch, Bacterial Diseases DivisionCenters for Disease ControlAtlantaUSA

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