The illness caused by ingestion of Campylobacter jejuni bacterium is called campylobacteriosis. Children under the age of five and young adults aged 15-29 are the age groups most frequently affected. The incubation period – the time between exposure to the bacterium and the onset of the first symptom – is typically two to five days, but onset may occur as many as 10 days after ingestion. The illness usually lasts no more than one week; however, severe cases may persist for up to three weeks.
Symptoms of a Campylobacter Infection
Diarrhea is the most consistent and prominent symptom of campylobacteriosis, and is often bloody. Typical symptoms of a Campylobacter infection also include fever, nausea, and vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, and muscle pain.
In some cases victims may develop Guillain-Barré syndrome, or GBS, a disease that affects the nerves of the body following campylobacteriosis. Occurring in approximately 1 out of 1000 people who contract campylobacteriosis, GBS typically begins several weeks after the onset of diarrhea. Although rare, it is the most common cause of acute generalized paralysis in the Western world.
In very rare cases, victims may develop reactive arthritis, a complication that affects weight bearing joints and can be accompanied by other symptoms.
Contact Marler Clark Campylobacter Attorneys
If you think you or someone you know has contracted a Campylobacter infection consult a doctor immediately.
If you or a family member became ill with a Campylobacter infection after consuming contaminated food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark attorneys for a free case evaluation. The Marler Clark Listeria lawyers have unrivaled Campylobacter litigation experience and are readily available to talk with you about your legal options regarding any damages or losses incurred as a result of your Listeria infection.
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