What is it?

  • Campylobacter is a germ that causes diarrhea in people
  • People can get sick after eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the campylobacter germ
  • Campylobacter germ can be found in the feces (poop) of animals like chickens, cows, puppies, kittens, sheep and birds
  • Campylobacter is one of the number one causes of enteric disease in Ontario and happens mostly in the summer months

Signs and Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea (sometimes bloody)
  • Fever

The time it takes to get sick after eating or drinking the bacteria in food or water is between 1-10 days, 2 and 5 days for most people. People can be sick for 1 to 2 weeks, but some may not get sick at all.


  • Keep food cold in fridges or coolers at 4 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit), or;

  • Keep food warm in ovens or on stoves at 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) until service

  • Cook meats fully and use a meat thermometer to be sure

  • Thaw or defrost meat in refrigerators and not on the counter (or use a microwave to thaw quickly)

  • Wash hands often when making food (especially after working/playing with animals, handling raw meat or even packages of raw meat)

  • Wash hands after taking care of pets

Cases of Campylobacter must be reported to your local Medical Officer of Health under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.