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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 85-88

Detection and species identification of Campylobacter in stool samples of children and animals from Vellore, south India

Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu, India

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S S Ajjampur
Department of Gastrointestinal Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.93049

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Campylobacter spp. are an important cause of bacterial gastroenteritis frequently isolated from animal, poultry and environmental samples. In this study, we investigated the zoonotic potential of Campylobacter spp. by comparing prevalence rates and species in 394 children with diarrhoea and 652 animals in Vellore using PCR-based tools. Eighteen children (4.5%) had campylobacteriosis, a majority of whom had co-pathogens (15/18) and most were infected with Campylobacter jejuni (16/18). A few C. coli and mixed infections with both species were also seen. Among the animal samples, 16/25 chicken samples (64%) were positive and all were found to be C. jejuni.


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