Campylobacter

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Campylobacter

What is Campylobacter?

Campylobacter is a bacterium that lives in the intestines of birds (particularly poultry), animals and infected people. It is the most commonly reported cause of food poisoning.

It spreads by:

  • Touching or eating contaminated food, especially undercooked meat and raw poultry.

  • Contact with the vomit or faeces of an infected person or animal.

  • Touching contaminated surfaces, cloths, toilets, nappies etc.

The symptoms are:

  • Diarrhoea, abdominal pain and fever within two to 10 days after infection.

  • Diarrhoea might contain blood and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Ways to help avoid Campylobacter:

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, especially after handling raw poultry.

Keep your kitchen hygienically clean, with a product like Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach. Ill people should not prepare food for others.

Clean bathroom surfaces regularly and disinfect toilets with Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach. If someone has diarrhoea, disinfect the toilet every time they use it. All surfaces in the home which the infected person may have had contact with must be disinfected thoroughly with bleach.

Disinfect cleaning cloths by soaking overnight in a diluted solution of Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach, drying them thoroughly afterwards.

Handle dirty nappies with care. Place them in a nappy bag before putting them in the bin to stop bacteria from causing further harm. If you use a nappy bin, make sure that you use a bleach product, such as Domestos Multipurpose Thick Bleach, to clean it after use.

Learn proper bin cleaning practices here.

How to Hygienically clean chopping boards

Soak them in a solution of one tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water for half an hour after every use. Then rinse thoroughly and leave to dry.

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