Campylobacteriosis (Deadly Diseases and Epidemics) by Bibiana Law, I. Edward Alcamo

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2). In chemistry, this is actually a measure of the concentration of the hydrogen ions. A higher concentration of hydrogen ions means a more acidic solution. Thus, lemon juice has more hydrogen ions than water. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 representing a solution that is neither acidic nor basic. Thus, a solution with a pH of 7 such as pure water is considered neutral, whereas a solution with a pH of less than 7 is considered acidic and a solution with a pH greater than 7 is basic (alkaline).

C. jejuni is certainly a pathogen, but anyone can become infected, including healthy people of all ages. Even though anyone can be infected, the incidence is higher in children and young adults (ages 15 to 29). Certainly those who are immunocompromised are more at risk for serious complications. There is a slight predominance in males. S. 1). Flagella are extra-cellular hair-like appendages that the bacteria use to propel themselves by whip-like movements. This combination of being spiral-shaped and having flagella gives them their characteristic corkscrew-like motion.

Retail chickens, normally caged close together and processed in high volumes, have contamination rates of over 50% and are suspected to be the primary source of campylobacteriosis in humans. q 4/21/04 3:46 PM Page 35 Although Campylobacter is the most frequently isolated bacterium in the laboratory for people with diarrhea (45%), other bacteria such as Salmonella (17%), Shigella (17%), and E. 2 This is because campylobacteriosis is a sporadic disease, not an outbreak type of disease. CAMPYLOBACTER: THE ORGANISM The Campylobacter species responsible for 90% of campylobacteriosis is Campylobacter jejuni.

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