Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 199–204 | Cite as

The occurrence and antibiotic resistance of motile Aeromonas in livestock

  • Ebubekir Ceylan
  • Mustafa Berktas
  • Zahid Ağaoğlu
Original Paper


The present study was carried out to assess the prevalence of motile Aeromonas spp. in the faeces of clinically healthy sheep, cattle and horses and evaluate their susceptibility to some anti-microbial agents. Rectal swabs from 120 sheep, 85 cattle and 20 horses were examined for Aeromonas species using alkaline peptone water (pH 8.4) as the enrichment medium and Aeromonas Selective Agar containing 5 mg/l ampicillin as the isolation medium. Identification and antibiotic resistance of motile Aeromonas strains was performed using Gram Negative Enteric ID panel. Motile aeromonads were isolated from 12 (10%) sheep, 7 (8.2%) cattle and 1 (5%) horse. Of these 20 aeromonad isolates, 13 were A. caviae, 6 were A.sobria and 1 was A. hydrophila. Aeromonas species in the faeces of livestock might pose a public health problem for humans who are in direct contact with contaminated animals. However, further studies should be performed on aeromonads relating to their transmission between animals and humans.


Antibiotic Resistance Cattle Horse Motile Aeromonads Prevalence Sheep 



alkaline peptone water




hydrogen sulfide


potassium hydroxide


minimal inhibitory concentration


sodium chloride


p-nitrophenyl phosphorylcholine


Oxidation - Fermentation


(PNG) ß-galactosidase







We, the authors would like to thank Dr. Hanifi Korkoca for his technical support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ebubekir Ceylan
    • 1
  • Mustafa Berktas
    • 3
  • Zahid Ağaoğlu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Veterinary FacultyUniversity of Yuzuncu YilVanTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of Yuzuncu YilVanTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Yuzuncu YilVanTurkey

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