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Role of batch depletion of broiler houses on the occurrence of Campylobacter spp. in chicken flocks.
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PMID:  11298936     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: The effect of batch depletion of broiler houses for campylobacter occurrence in broiler flocks was estimated in 10 flocks, each comprising a separate female and male batch. METHODS AND RESULTS: The chicks were sampled first by cloacal swabs in the broiler houses before the start of the depopulation and secondly, on arrival at the abattoir. Females were slaughtered at 5 weeks of age, males at 6 weeks. The number of campylobacter-positive batches increased from five to seven female batches, and from five to 10 male batches, between the two sampling rounds. CONCLUSION: It is concluded that batch depletion of broiler houses increased the prevalence of Campylobacter spp.-infected broilers in the flocks, that the introduction occurred when catching the first batch, and that campylobacter spreads through the entire flock within a week. SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: The results from this study emphasize the need to manage depopulation of broiler houses as quickly as possible and in one batch only.
B Hald; E Rattenborg; M Madsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Letters in applied microbiology     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0266-8254     ISO Abbreviation:  Lett. Appl. Microbiol.     Publication Date:  2001 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-04-12     Completed Date:  2001-06-21     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510094     Medline TA:  Lett Appl Microbiol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  253-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Danish Veterinary Laboratory, Aarhus, Denmark.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Husbandry
Campylobacter / growth & development,  isolation & purification*
Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology,  microbiology,  veterinary*
Chickens / microbiology*
Food Microbiology
Housing, Animal
Poultry Diseases / epidemiology*,  microbiology

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