Methods of Detection and Characterization of Campylobacter sp.

  • I. Hochel Deparment of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic


Campylobacters are ubiquitous microorganisms responsible for infections in humans and animals. The enteritis caused by these bacteria is characterized by diarrhoea, fever and abdominal pain. Although it is usually a self-limiting disease that does not require antimicrobial therapy, the infection can lead, though rarely, to serious sequelae such as reactive arthritis and the Guillain-Barré syndrome. The pathogens are frequently found in the environment and in many foods of both animal and plant origin. This review is focused on recent methods used for isolation, identification and characterization of clinically important Campylobacter species.