Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli in wild birds and rodents in close proximity to farms

Eva Møller Nielsen, Marianne Skov, Jesper J. Madsen, Jens Lodal, Jørgen Brøchner Jespersen, Dorte Lau Baggesen

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Abstract

Wild animals living close to cattle and pig farms (four each) were examined for verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC; also known as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli). The prevalence of VTEC among the 260 samples from wild animals was generally low. However, VTEC isolates from a starling (Sturnus vulgaris) and a Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus) were identical to cattle isolates from the corresponding farms with respect to serotype, virulence profile, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis type. This study shows that wild birds and rodents may become infected from farm animals or vice versa, suggesting a possible role in VTEC transmission.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume70
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)6944-6947
ISSN0099-2240
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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