A preliminary investigation of New Zealand isolates of Pasteurella multocida

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Pasteurella multocida is part of the nasal flora of many animal species but is also an important pathogen of domestic animals including swine, sheep, cattle, rabbits, dogs and fowl. The invasiveness of the organism depends to a large extent on its possession of capsular material which may be a non-antigenic or an antigenic polysaccharide of which there are three main types: A, B and D. We describe a medium for isolating P. multocida based on the selective medium of Smith and Baskerville. Some P. multocida isolates obtained by using selective or non-selective media were then examined to establish their serotype, the presence or absence of plasmids which may carry antibiotic resistance markers and the presence or absence of toxin production. The medium of Smith and Baskervilleis composed of nutrient agar at an alkaline pH and contains bacitracin…

Keywords: Diagnostic procedures; Livestock; Pasteurella; Species description

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: September 1, 1988

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