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Pseudomonas and Aeromonas isolates from domestic reptiles and study of their antimicrobial in vitro sensitivity

  • V. V. Ebani
  • F. Fratini
  • M. Ampola
  • E. Rizzo
  • D. Cerri
  • E. Andreani
Abstract

Introduction

Bacteria belonging to the genera Pseudomonas and Aeromonas are Gram-negative microorganisms widely present in the environment and they represent opportunistic pathogens for humans and animals, particularly reptiles. These microorganisms have been frequently cultured from clinical specimens collected from healthy or diseased cold-blooded animals. In reptiles, Pseudomonas and Aeromonas spp. can cause different pathologies. Household reptiles represent a potential source of infections for humans, because they release, mainly in their faeces, opportunistic and pathogenic microrganisms into the environment. Antimicrobial therapy is not effective in all reptile clinical cases, because pseudomonas and aeromonas strains are often antibiotic-resistant.

In the present study the occurrence of Pseudomonas spp., Aeromonasspp. and microorganisms belonging to related genera in faecal samples of clinical healthy domestic reptiles (ophidians, chelonians and saurians) was investigated and...

Keywords

Aeromonas Antimicrobial sensitivity test Faeces Pseudomonas Reptiles 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. V. Ebani
    • 1
    • 2
  • F. Fratini
    • 1
  • M. Ampola
    • 1
  • E. Rizzo
    • 1
  • D. Cerri
    • 1
  • E. Andreani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Animal Pathology, Prophylaxis and Food Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of PisaPisaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Patologia Animale, Profilassi e Igiene degli AlimentiUniversità di PisaPisaItaly

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