Campylobacter jejuni

(kamp-ih-low-back-ter jah-jun-ee)
Campylobacter jejuni
About This nanobug

Nickname: Campy


Morphology: Curved gram-negative rod


Habitat: Lives in the intestinal tract of animals, especially chickens. Campy is quite sensitive to conditions of the environment like drying, heating, and the amount of oxygen in the air.


Disease or illness: It is a common cause of diarrhea.


Who is at risk: Anyone and everyone who eats contaminated food


Avoidance techniques: Use good kitchen hygiene; cook meat and poultry properly; drink only pasteurized milk and drink only chlorinated or filtered water when you are camping.


“If I camp out in your guts, I’ll drive you nuts”