Salmonella Agona in Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) in commercial farms from Brazil
Keywords:Salmonella spp, S. Agona, Turkey, PCR, Poultry production
Salmonella spp. is one of the major players involved in cases of foodborne diseases in humans and is responsible for significant losses in the poultry industry. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of Salmonella spp. in feces of commercial turkeys from Brazil. Fecal swabs from 14 turkey farms (pool of six poults/flocks) were collected. The swabs were subject to the conventional bacteriological isolation procedures and to DNA detection of the agent trough PCR. Salmonella spp. was present in a total of nine from 14 turkey farms evaluated. The samples were negative on molecular identification for serovars Enteritidis and Typhimurium. Isolated strains submitted to the reference laboratory for serotyping were identified as S. Agona that has been described as emergent pathogen in several countries.
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