How do you prevent Campylobacter infection?

  • Wash hands before handling food.
  • Wash hands after handling raw food.
  • Avoid cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables.
  • Clean utensils and countertops with hot soapy water after contact with raw meat.
  • Cook meat (especially chicken) thoroughly until there is no more pink.
  • Send chicken back at a restaurant if it is still pink.
  • Drink water that has been tested and approved for purity (especially in developing countries).
  • Avoid drinking water from streams, especially those that pass through areas where animals reside.
  • Do not drink unpasteurized milk.
  • Persons with diarrhea should wash their hands frequently with hot, soapy water.
  • Disinfect toilets after use by someone who has diarrhea.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/20/2013.


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