Friday, May 2, 2014

Holy Crap!!!

A friend of mine sent this message out to her Facebook friends last night....

"WARNING! If you have recently had awful sickness in your house, (read - chronic diarrhea) you may have Campylobacter jejuni. 
This is a nasty bacteria Max got then it spread to Nora and I. The absolute worst stomach cramps and diarrhea of my life. I took Max to urgent care to have a stool sample last week because he had blood in his stool, they told me he was fine. However, The Maricopa County Department of Health called me today to ask some questions about it! (Its that bad they are documenting it) If you have this, you may want to see a doctor, or at least d
rink lots and lots of fluids."

I think this is what we have had!  EEEK!!  At least our symptoms have been very similar to what my friend has described.  She took her son to a pediatric urgent care facility and they tested his stools.  We haven't had quite the experience her little one has had, but the rest of it diarrhea and vomiting, that we have all had!  Our Bishop stopped by the other day too.  He said he had this over Easter Weekend.  He said his lasted about 3 days.  He missed church on Easter and then two days of work after that.  Ours seems to be taking longer for a couple of us.  Kevin had it pretty bad in the beginning too.  Now, he seems better, other than being worn out.  

Here is a little more about it from cdc.gov. 

Campylobacteriosis is an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Campylobacter. Most people who become ill with campylobacteriosis get diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days after exposure to the organism. The diarrhea may be bloody and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The illness typically lasts about one week. Some infected persons do not have any symptoms. In persons with compromised immune systems, Campylobacteroccasionally spreads to the bloodstream and causes a serious life-threatening infection.

Campylobacter is one of the most common causes of diarrheal illness in the United States. Most cases occur as isolated, sporadic events, not as part of recognized outbreaks. Active surveillance through the Food borne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) indicates that about 14 cases are diagnosed each year for each 100,000 persons in the population. Many more cases go undiagnosed or unreported, and campylobacteriosis is estimated to affect over 1.3 million persons every year. Campylobacteriosis occurs
much more frequently in the summer months than in the winter. The organism is isolated from infants and young adults more frequently than from persons in other age groups and from males more frequently than females. Although Campylobacterinfection does not commonly cause death, it has been estimated that approximately 76 persons with Campylobacter infections die each year.

Almost all persons infected with Campylobacter recover without any specific treatment. Patients should drink extra fluids as long as the diarrhea lasts. Antimicrobial therapy is warranted only for patients with severe disease or those at high risk for severe disease, such as those with immune systems severely weakened from medications or other illnesses. Azithromycin and fluoroquinolones (e.g., ciprofloxacin) are commonly used for treatment of these infections, but resistance to fluoroquinolones is common. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing can help guide appropriate therapy.

Great!  Just what we need.  NOT!  While I am glad we have an idea of what we have had, I still wish it would just go away.  I am tired of being sick.  Today the diarrhea is back.  Not the way it was in the beginning, but back none the less.  Danielle has been home from work all week too, and she says the diarrhea is back again for her too.  So frustrating.  
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