M141-3

Stool: Campylobacter jejuni  – Shipped May 2014

HISTORY

The challenge was sent to category A and B laboratories. The sample was a simulated stool obtained from a 43 year old male patient with fever and diarrhea.

Participants were expected to isolate and report Campylobacter jejuni as well as report the isolate to Public Health (PH) authorities.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M141-3

  1. Campylobacter may be difficult to isolate if transportation is prolonged and Cary Blair enteric transport medium should be used to maintain viability in stool samples.
  2. Campylobacter jejuni/coli is a common cause of community acquired bacterial diarrhea.

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