Sources other than chickens important in human campylobacteriosis

by 5m Editor
13 May 2005, at 12:00am

UK - Sources other than chickens may be important in human campylobacteriosis. According to recently published research in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, &quot;The goal of the present study was to assess the contribution of real-time molecular typing, used alone or with clinical surveillance, to the prompt identification of clusters of Campylobacter enteritis. &quot;Potential poultry sources were sought by comparing the pulsed-field gel electrophoresis genotypes of human and fresh whole retail chicken isolates collected during the same study period.&quot; &quot;Among 183 human isolates, 82 (45%) had unique genotypes, 72 (39%) represented 26 clusters of 2 to 7 isolates each, and 29 (16%) represented three clusters of 8 to 11 isolates each. &quot;Among 177 chickens,&quot; continued the authors, &quot;41 (23%) yielded Campylobacter isolates; of these, 19 (46%) had genotypes similar to those of 41 (22%) human isolates. <i>Source:</i>

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