Colonization of Chicks by Non-Culturable Campylobacter spp
NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH INST BETHESDA MD
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Campylobacter jejunicoli is recognized as a major cause of intestinal infections in humans. These infections are often transmitted through foods of animal origin, with undercooked or mishandled poultry frequently implicated as the vehicle of numerous sporadic cases. Consequently, we are interested in determining ways to diminish the numbers of the organism associated with poultry. Accurate epidemiologic assessment for the transmission of the organism to broiler chickens is needed to control Campylobacter spp. association with poultry. Thus far, the literature has suggested numerous possible reservoirs for the organism, non of which are consistently implicated. The existence of a non-curable form of the organism has been suggested but conclusive evidence for transmission of this bacteria form to chickens has been lacking. The subject of this report serves to confirm that Campylobacter spp., although not detectable, may be capable of colonizing chickens.
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