Risk of carcase contamination with Campylobacter in sheep sent for slaughter into an abattoir in Scotland

Garcia, A.B., Steele, W., Reid, S.W.J. and Taylor, D.J. (2010) Risk of carcase contamination with Campylobacter in sheep sent for slaughter into an abattoir in Scotland. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 95(1-2), p. 99. (doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2010.03.008)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2010.03.008

Abstract

Campylobacter species have been identified as the major cause of acute bacterial enteritis in the UK. However, the epidemiology of campylobacteriosis remains poorly understood. It has been suggested that the role of sheep in the epidemiology of Campylobacter has been underestimated. The objective of the present study was to assess the infection risk of Campylobacter in sheep meat as a potential risk for human campylobacteriosis and to establish any possible associations between the epidemiological factors considered in the study and the presence of Campylobacter on lamb carcases. The prevalence of Campylobacter obtained from faecal samples and swabs from fleeces and carcases was presented in a previous paper. Epidemiological data was collected through questionnaires in order to identify risk factors for the presence of Campylobacter on the carcases and to make recommendations, based on the results obtained, to prevent human campylobacteriosis.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Steele, Mr William
Authors: Garcia, A.B., Steele, W., Reid, S.W.J., and Taylor, D.J.
Subjects:S Agriculture > SF Animal culture > SF600 Veterinary Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Preventive Veterinary Medicine
ISSN:0167-5877
Published Online:08 April 2010

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