Slogan: “If I camp out in your guts, I’ll drive you nuts.”
Habitat: Lives in the intestinal tract of animals, especially chickens. Also found in raw milk and untreated water. Campy is quite sensitive to the environment like drying, heating and the amount of oxygen in the air.
Common food sources: Raw or undercooked poultry, unpasteurized milk, contaminated food or water
Illness: It causes fever, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, even bloody diarrhea beginning 2-5 days after eating contaminated food; the illness can last 2-10 days.
How to avoid: Wash hands well after handling animals or pets or touching raw poultry and eggs. Cook meat and poultry thoroughly. Wash knives and cutting surfaces with hot soapy water after cutting raw poultry. Store leftover turkey and poultry in the refrigerator. Drink only pasteurized milk. Chlorinate or filter water when you are camping.