Study of the infectivity of saline-stored Campylobacter jejuni for day-old chicks

Birthe Hald, Katrine Knudsen, Peter Lind, Mogens Madsen

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    The culturability of three Campylobacter jejuni strains and their infectivity for day-old chicks were assessed following storage of the strains in saline. The potential for colonization of chicks was weakened during the storage period and terminated 3 to 1 weeks before the strains became nonculturable. The results from this study suggest that the role of starved and aged but still culturable campylobacters may be diminutive, but even more, that the role of viable but nonculturable stages in campylobacter epidemiology may he negligible. Even high levels of maternally derived anti-campylobacter outer membrane protein serum antibodies in day-old chicks did not protect the chicks from campylobacter colonization.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)2388-2392
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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