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February 12, 1982

Campylobacter Enteritis Associated With a Healthy Cat

JAMA. 1982;247(6):816. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320310064034

IN THE short time since Campylobacter jejuni has become recognized as a significant enteric pathogen of humans, information on the epidemiology of infection has been increasing rapidly.1 Although direct contact with infected animals or consumption of contaminated water or foods of animal origin are generally suspected as being the important modes of transmission, in only the minority of cases can this be documented. Recent work has implicated contact with infected household pets as one avenue of transmission.2-4 The pets involved in such cases were puppies and kittens with diarrhea who were shedding C jejuni. We now report a case of Campylobacter enteritis that occurred in association with infection in an apparently healthy adult cat.

Report of a Case  On Oct 15, 1980, nausea, vomiting, and severe abdominal cramps developed in a 23-year-old woman, and she began having up to five bloody bowel movements per day. On Oct 19,