Prevalence of thermotolerant Campylobacter in pheasants (Phasianus colchicus)
The present study was undertaken with the aim to evaluate the prevalence of thermotolerant Campylobacter spp. in living pheasants in Italy. To achieve this goal, a total of 240 living pheasants, equally shared between female and male birds, were examined. Thermotolerant Campylobacter spp. was isolated in 104 out of 204 (43.3%) living pheasants analysed. Campylobacter coli (100%) and Campylobacter jejuni (13.5%) were identified by polymerase chain reaction. Adult pheasants showed a significantly higher prevalence value (P < 0.05) than younger pheasants.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Dipartimento di Patologia e Sanita Animale, Facolta di Medicina Veterinaria, Universita di Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy
Publication date: October 1, 2008