By Rama Nannapaneni
Mississippi State University
Of all the foodborne bacterial pathogens, Campylobacter is the most common cause of human foodborne gastroenteritis in the United States and in the world. Campylobacter cells are Gram-negative, grow at low oxygen conditions and are uniquely spiral shaped and move fast with the help of flagella. Recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports show that there are decreases in infections from 1996-2003 caused by Campylobacter (28 percent reduction), which is evidence of important progress toward the National Health Objectives and Healthy People 2010 objectives.