Now that student postings for the semester are coming to an end for the semester, I can update the blog with things that alarm me regarding Microbiology. Hence this posting from the Centers for Disease Control regarding a recent Campylobacter jejeuni outbreak from an unsuspected source. I also just noticed that this is the 200th posting on YCPMicro, so it seems appropriate to note this momentous occasion with some truly horrific imagery of the danger of microorganisms and their reservoirs.
Campylobacter infections are among the most common causes of gastroenteritis in the United States, with an estimated 2.4 million cases per year. As with most forms of gastroenteritis, the recommended treatment is to monitor the patient for complications, and allow the normal intestinal flora to outcompete the pathogen. Signs and symptoms typically resolve without antibiotics within two to 5 days, however more severe cases can be treated with antibiotics such as azithromycin. Fluids should be taken orally as long as the diarrhea continues to maintain hydration in the patient. Read the rest of this entry