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Indian Journal of Comparative Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Year : 2008, Volume : 29, Issue : 1&2
First page : ( 45) Last page : ( 48)
Print ISSN : 0790-9320.

Studies on effect of seasonal variations on the prevalence of Campylobacter jejuni in poultry faecal samples collected from Western Uttar Pradesh, India

Singh Rajvir, Singh P.P.1, Rathore R.S.*, Dhama K.2, Malik S.V.S.

Division of Veterinary Public Health, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar - 243 122 (U.P.)

*Corresponding author

1Reader (Retired), Department of Zoology, Janta Vedic College, Baraut, Baghpat (U.P.)

2Senior Scientist, Avian Disease Section, Division of Veterinary Pathology.

Abstract

Campylobacter has been recognized as one of the most frequent cause of gastrointestinal illness in human throughout the world. Particularly, Campylobacter jejuni has emerged as an important food borne pathogen in human and animals including poultry and birds. In this study, 286 poultry fecal samples were collected in three seasons (rainy, winter and summer) from poultry farms and retail shops of Western part of Uttar Pradesh and processed for isolation and identification of the C. jejuni. 65 (22.72%) samples were found positive for C. jejuni. The highest prevalence of C. jejuni was reported during rainy season (33.65%) followed by summer (20.39%) and winter (11.39%). The prevalence was consistent in different months of a particular season. Among the different months, the highest carriage was found in September (39.13%) and lowest in the month of February (8.33%).

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