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Zero prevalence of Clostridium difficile in wild passerine birds in Europe.
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PMID:  21658108     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Clostridium difficile is an important bacterial pathogen of humans and a variety of animal species, where it can cause significant medical problems. The major public health concern is the possibility of inapparent animal reservoirs of C. difficile and shedding of bacteria to non infected individuals/populations, as well as being a source of food contamination. Migrating birds can be a key epizootiological factor for transmission and distribution of pathogens over a wide geographic range. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate if migrating passerine birds can be a source of spread of C. difficile along their migration routes. Cloacal samples were taken from 465 passerine birds during their migration south over the Alps. Selective enrichment was used for detection of C. difficile. Clostridium difficile was not isolated from any of the samples, which indicates that migrating passerine birds are unlikely to serve as a reservoir and a carrier of C. difficile.
Petra Bandelj; Tomi Trilar; Jozko Racnik; Marko Zadravec; Tina Pirš; Jana Avbersek; Jasna Micunovic; Matjaz Ocepek; Modest Vengust
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-6-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  FEMS microbiology letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1574-6968     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
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Created Date:  2011-6-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7705721     Medline TA:  FEMS Microbiol Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.
University of Ljubljana; Veterinary faculty, PO BOX 3425, Ljubljana SI-1115, Slovenia Slovenian Museum of Natural History, Prešernova 20, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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