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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Emerging Campylobacter Species

Authors
item Mandrell, Robert
item Miller, William

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 20, 2005
Publication Date: June 26, 2006
Citation: Mandrell, R.E., Miller, W.G. 2006. Emerging campylobacter species. Book Chapter. Campylobacter, Motarjemi Y and Adams, M.D.(editors) Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, UK 476-521.

Interpretive Summary: Campylobacter cells may have been observed first more than a century ago. However, it is only in the last three decades that the scientific community has become aware that Campylobacter species are biologically diverse; cause a variety of diseases, including chronic disease; and colonize a wide range of hosts. The emphasis in Campylobacter research has shifted to research primarily on the incidence, epidemiology and pathogenesis of Campylobacter jejuni. The emphasis on C. jejuni has been deserved considering the eventual recognition of C. jejuni's importance in sporadic, outbreak and sometimes very serious illnesses. However, in recent years, it has become apparent that we need to examine more closely other thermophilic and non-thermophilic Campylobacter species due to reports of increased isolation of other species with less selective culture methods, and associations of other species with more severe systemic disease. In this review, we have emphasized studies of the non-jejuni Campylobacter species and referred the reader where appropriate to other general and specific reviews of Campylobacter species.

Technical Abstract: Campylobacter cells may have been observed first more than a century ago. However, it is only in the last three decades that the scientific community has become aware that Campylobacter species are biologically diverse; cause a variety of diseases, including chronic disease; and colonize a wide range of hosts. The emphasis in Campylobacter research has shifted to research primarily on the incidence, epidemiology and pathogenesis of Campylobacter jejuni. The emphasis on C. jejuni has been deserved considering the eventual recognition of C. jejuni's importance in sporadic, outbreak and sometimes very serious illnesses. However, in recent years, it has become apparent that we need to examine more closely other thermophilic and non-thermophilic Campylobacter species due to reports of increased isolation of other species with less selective culture methods, and associations of other species with more severe systemic disease. In this review, we have emphasized studies of the non-jejuni Campylobacter species and referred the reader where appropriate to other general and specific reviews of Campylobacter species.

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