Foodborne Campylobacter: infections, metabolism, pathogenesis and reservoirs. Academic Article uri icon


  • Campylobacter species are a leading cause of bacterial-derived foodborne illnesses worldwide. The emergence of this bacterial group as a significant causative agent of human disease and their propensity to carry antibiotic resistance elements that allows them to resist antibacterial therapy make them a serious public health threat. Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli are considered to be the most important enteropathogens of this genus and their ability to colonize and survive in a wide variety of animal species and habitats make them extremely difficult to control. This article reviews the historical and emerging importance of this bacterial group and addresses aspects of the human infections they cause, their metabolism and pathogenesis, and their natural reservoirs in order to address the need for appropriate food safety regulations and interventions.

published proceedings

  • Int J Environ Res Public Health

altmetric score

  • 10.58

author list (cited authors)

  • Epps, S., Harvey, R. B., Hume, M. E., Phillips, T. D., Anderson, R. C., & Nisbet, D. J.

citation count

  • 158

complete list of authors

  • Epps, Sharon VR||Harvey, Roger B||Hume, Michael E||Phillips, Timothy D||Anderson, Robin C||Nisbet, David J

publication date

  • January 2013