The Seasonality of Thermophilic Campylobacters in Beef and Dairy Cattle
The clinical epidemiology of campylobacteriosis in the UK, and many temperate climates, shows a striking seasonality, peaking in late spring /early summer. In the search for an environmental reservoir in the Lancaster area, it was found that samples from sewers leading from a local slaughter house yielded high numbers of thermophilic campylobacters in summer and lower numbers in winter1, and lead the authors to hypothesise that farm animals may exhibit a similar seasonality to that seen in human infections.
KeywordsDairy Cattle Beef Cattle Most Probable Number Local Slaughter House Buffer Peptone Water
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