Campylobacter infection

Statutory notification

Public health management

Important information

  • Infectious agent: Campylobacter jejuni and C. coli are the most common types.
  • Transmission:  Faecal-oral, food-borne and water-borne.
  • Incubation period: 1 to 10 days (usually 2 to 5 days).
  • Infectious period: Most infectious while symptomatic and low risk post recovery. Person to person transmission uncommon. Use contact transmission- based precautions for hospitalised and institutionalised patients.
  • Case exclusion: Until asymptomatic, including normal stools, for 24 hours. If patient works in health-care, aged-care, child-care or is a food handler or attends child-care exclude until asymptomatic, including normal stools, for 48 hours. See OD 0645/16 Guidelines for exclusion of people with enteric infections and their contacts from work, school and child-care settings (external site).
  • Contact exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Treatment: Oral rehydration and as recommended by the doctor.
  • Immunisation:  None available.
  • Case followup: Generally only clusters or outbreaks investigated, by the Communicable Disease Control Directorate with assistance from public health units (Healthy WA).


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