Campylobacteriosis is the leading cause of foodborne illness worldwide. The clinical manifestations of the disease are very diverse, ranging from mild, noninflammatory watery diarrhea to more severe inflammatory diarrhea with abdominal cramps. The incubation time can be 1-7 days, and although severe illness can last more than a week, the disease is generally self-limiting and complications are rare. Antibiotics may be used in such clinical circumstances as high fever, bloody stools, prolonged illness with symptoms lasting more than a week, pregnancy, infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and other immunocompromised states, although they are not generally required. Erythromycin is the drug of choice, and resistance to it remains relatively low following decades of use.[4] It is estimated that about 1 in 1000 cases of campylobacteriosis results in the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome.[5] Another related neurological disorder, Miller-Fisher syndrome, is also associated with C. jejuni.

Campylobacter spp. colonize the gastrointestinal tract of animals that act as a vehicle of transmission. In the human host, they colonize the ileum and colon, with colonization being facilitated by both the spiral shape (which helps cells to corkscrew their way through the mucous) of the cell and bacterial motility. The mechanisms by which Campylobacter spp. cause disease are poorly understood, but involve toxin production and/or damaging of the host epithelial cells by invasion, or inflammatory response. Campylobacter toxins play a significant role in pathogenesis and, recently, cytolethal distending toxins (CDTs) of C. jejuni have been shown to be of particular significance.[6] CDTs have a mode of action different from other toxins (e.g., enterotoxin), which is not fully understood. The most important virulence factor appears to be the flagellum. Chemotaxis toward mucin, adherence, iron metabolism, invasion, and intracellular survival are other important virulence factors. Given the large number of genes probably involved in virulence, effective regulation of virulence is essential.

The most important virulence regulators appear to be the ferric uptake regulator, two-component regulatory systems, and fla gene regulation.1-7-1

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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