In the past few days have been unusually high number of cases diagnosed in Iceland diarrhea of ​​campylobacteriosis. In the past year by about 100 people in this country with campylobacter infection but in recent years, about 50-120 individuals diagnosed with the infection annually, according to the Icelandic Directorate of Health (computer translated).

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Those individuals have now been specified are from different parts of the country and not available from the common source of infection. Campylobacteriosis is a common bacteria worldwide and infects both humans and animals. The bacteria usually infected by contaminated food, water, but transmission is also well known.

The incubation period, ie time between infection and onset of symptoms is usually 2-4 days but may be 1-7 days. Symptoms can be small but often causes massive infection diarrhea which may be bloody, nausea, vomiting, spasmodic abdominal pain and fever. Illness are usually over without treatment in a few days, but occasionally has to use antibiotics. 

People are asked to take care of hygiene, especially in the cooking of delicate foods, make sure that the possible infectious agents not from raw foods such as meat from a boiled / fried foods or salads, careful attention to adequate food such as heating during cooking and good cooling the stored food. Also, make sure to consume only clean and unpolluted water. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page