M151-5

Blood: Campylobacter coli   – Shipped May 2015

HISTORY

A simulated blood culture collected from a 38 years old male dairy farmer with sepsis was sent to category A laboratories. Participants were expected to isolate and identify Campylobacter coli.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M151-5

  1. Campylobacter bacteremia is uncommon, and typically only observed in the elderly and/or immune-compromised hosts; C. jejuni, C. coli and C. lari present primarily as gastroenteritis, with only 0.1-1% of cases resulting in bacteremia. C. fetus is also an important cause of extra-intestinal campylobacteriosis.
  2. MALDI-TOF is a reliable method to identify between Campylobacter species.
  3. Campylobacter bacteremia should be reported to public health.

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