MOSES LAKE — Campylobacter is on the rise in Grant County. Never heard of Campylobacter? You’ll know it well if you get it.
Grant County Health District officials say there’s been an unusually high number of cases of the bacterial illness this year. And the condition is avoidable.
Campylobacter is a bacteria that causes diarrhea and vomiting and is most often acquired by consuming undercooked poultry or raw dairy products. It can also be caused by contact with animals such as cattle, puppies, kittens, swine, sheep and birds.
Through mid-July, 15 cases of Campylobacter have been reported to the Grant County Health District. That’s nearly as much as in all of 2010 and 2009. What’s most concerning, said Theresa Fuller, the district’s spokeswoman, is that more than one-third of the cases were in children under the age of 3.
To reduce the chance of getting the disease, the district recommends:
Cook all poultry products thoroughly. Send it back if served undercooked poultry in a restaurant.
Wash hands with soap before and after preparing food.
Clean all kitchen countertops with soap and water after preparing raw meat.
Avoid consuming raw milk and untreated lake or river water.
Wash hands after working around or playing with animals.
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151