Cattle and sheep farms as reservoirs of Campylobacter

STANLEY, K. and JONES, K. (2003). Cattle and sheep farms as reservoirs of Campylobacter. Journal of applied microbiology, 94 (s1), 104-113.

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Aim: This is a review of the natural Campylobacter colonization and transmission among ruminant livestock in the dairy farm environment. Methods and Results: Using cultural detection methods and enumeration techniques the distribution of Campylobacter in ruminant animals at birth, on the farm, at slaughter and in the farm environment have been examined. Colonization and shedding rates are higher among young animals while patterns of shedding in adult animals may be seasonal. Stored and land-dispersed slurries provide a reservoir for scavenging birds and flies and a source for runoff. Conclusions: The dairy farm plays a significant role in the dissemination of Campylobacter sub-types that can cause disease in the human community. Significance and Impact of Study: An understanding of the role of the dairy farm in the environmental cycle of Campylobacter is required in order to devise intervention strategies.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Biomedical Research Centre
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Page Range: 104-113
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2021 01:15

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