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      Antibiotic susceptibility profiles of Campylobacter coli isolated from poultry farms in Lagos Nigeria – A pilot study

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          Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli are among the leading causes of gastroenteritis in humans worldwide, particularly in Africa. Poultry remains a major source of Campylobacter species and a vector of transmission to humans.

          This pilot study was aimed at isolating and determining the antibiotic susceptibility profiles of Campylobacter spp. from fresh poultry droppings collected from poultry farms in Lagos State, Nigeria. Susceptibility was assessed using the CLSI standards.

          Standard microbiological methods were used in isolation, identification, and characterization of Campylobacter spp. Isolates were subjected to antibiotic susceptibility testing by the disk diffusion method.

          Of the 150 poultry droppings analyzed, 8 (5.3%) harbored Campylobacter spp. All isolates proved to be C. coli since they were all negative for the hip gene. A percentage of 100% showed resistance to nalidixic acid, chloramphenicol, cloxacillin, and streptomycin. While 87.5% were susceptible to amoxicillin and amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, 62.5% were susceptible to tetracycline. Surprisingly, 62.5% of C. coli had decreased (intermediate) susceptibility to erythromycin.

          Although there was a low prevalence of C. coli from poultry in this study, the presence of antibiotic resistant strains circulating the food chain could result in treatment failures and difficulty in case management if involved in infections of humans.

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              Forty nine Campylobacter jejuni isolates from cattle feces collected from Alberta feedlots and 50 clinical C. jejuni isolates from people in Alberta were tested for the presence of 14 genes encoding putative virulence factors by PCR. These included genes implicated in adherence and colonization (flaC, cadF, docC, racR, jlpA, peb1, and dnaJ), invasion (virB11, ciaB, pldA, and iamA) and protection against harsh conditions (htrA, cbrA, and sodB). The genes examined were widely distributed in both the cattle fecal isolates and the human isolates. Of the isolates tested, 67% contained all of the genes except virB11. The cadF gene was found in 100% of the isolates tested. The presence or absence of virulence-associated genes was not associated with the ability of the organism to colonize birds. All of the C. jejuni isolates used to challenge birds were able to colonize the animals regardless of virulence gene profile. While some diversity in the profile of the occurrence of virulence-associated genes in C. jejuni exists, the distribution of these putative virulence-associated genes isolates from feedlot cattle feces and humans in Alberta was similar. In addition it was not possible to predict the ability of the selected isolates to colonize young chicks based on the presence of these genes coding for virulence determinants.

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                European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology
                Akadémiai Kiadó
                June 2019
                : 9
                : 2
                : 32-34
                [1 ]Department of Microbiology, University of Lagos Akoka , Nigeria
                [2 ]Department of Medical Microbiology, University Medical Center Göttingen , Germany
                [3 ] Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Lagos , Nigeria
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                Authors for correspondence: Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie, Kreuzbergring 57, D-37075 Göttingen, Germany; Phone: +49-551-398549; Fax: +49-551-395861, azautne@ . Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Department, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research Yaba, Lagos Nigeria; Phone: +2348037058989; stellaismith@ .


                Joint corresponding author and both authors contributed equally to this work.

                © 2019 The Author(s)

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