The consequences of Campylobacter infection
Purpose of review
The purpose of this review is to provide an update on the clinical, public health and economic consequences of Campylobacter infection.
Campylobacter is a leading bacterial cause of food-related illness. Its importance is enhanced by the chronic sequelae that can result from acute infection. Recent advances include a new clinical classification system for neurological sequelae with the aim of speeding accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying postinfectious functional gastrointestinal disorders, the emergence of Campylobacter concisus and Campylobacter showae as potential aetiological agents in inflammatory bowel disease, a new mechanism for antimicrobial resistance in campylobacters and a better appreciation of the economic costs.
Campylobacter infection is very common and can lead to serious chronic sequelae and considerable personal, healthcare and societal costs.
Current Opinion in Gastroenterology