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The mission of Des Moines County Public Health is to improve, protect and promote the health, the environment and well being of residents of Des Moines County.



June 16, 2023

Campylobacteriosis (often called campy) is a diarrheal disease caused by infection with the bacterium Campylobacter. It is the most common cause of diarrheal disease in the United States. 2.5 million cases are estimated to occur annually. Most often the illness is fairly mild and requires little to no treatment other than hydration and rest. However, Guillain-Barre syndrome and reactive arthritis are two long-term complications that have been linked to campylobacteriosis. Campylobacteriosis is reportable to the Iowa Department of Public Health by Iowa Administrative Code 641 chapter 1.



Who do I call regarding bats, poor food handling techniques, or well testing?

  • Water testing is done through Des Moines County Public Health Environmental Health services: 319-753-8290
  • To report a food-related illness complaint: 844-IowaSic (844-469-2742)
  • To report a non-illness food handling complaint contact Lee County Health Department: Phone: 319-372-5225


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This webpage was printed on September 26, 2023. For the most current election-related information, visit the Des Moines County, Iowa, Board of Health website at https://dmcountyboardofhealth.iowa.gov/.
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