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Prevalence of Yersinia species in healthy free-ranging red deer (Cervus elaphus) in Norway
  1. A. Aschfalk, DrMedVet1,
  2. N. Kemper, DrMedVet2,
  3. J. M. Arnemo, DrMedVet3,
  4. V. Veiberg, PhD, CandScient4,
  5. O. Rosef, DrMedVet5 and
  6. H. Neubauer, DrMedVet6
  1. 1 Institute of Epidemiology, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Seestrasse 55, D-16868 Wusterhausen, Germany
  2. 2 Institute of Animal Breeding and Husbandry, Christian-Albrechts University, D-24098 Kiel, Germany
  3. 3 Department of Food Safety and Infection Biology, Section of Arctic Veterinary Medicine, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, N-9005 Tromsø, Norway
  4. 4 Department of Arctic Biology, University Centre in Svalbard, N-9171 Longyearbyen, Norway
  5. 5 Department of Environmental and Health Studies, Telemark University College, N-3800 Bø, Norway
  6. 6 Institute of Bacterial Infections and Zoonoses, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, D-07743 Jena, Germany
  1. Dr Aschfalk is also at the Department of Food Safety and Infection Biology, Section of Arctic Veterinary Medicine, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, N-9005 Tromsø, Norway
  2. Dr Arnemo is also at the Faculty of Forestry and Wilderness Management, Hedmark University College, N-2480, Koppang, Norway
  3. Dr Veiberg is also at the Centre of Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biology, University of Oslo, N-0316 Oslo, Norway

Abstract

ENTERIC bacteria belonging to the genus Yersinia occur worldwide in domestic livestock, wild animals and the natural environment. Several Yersinia species are of significant animal and public health importance, such as Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, the causative agents of yersiniosis in human beings and animals, and Yersinia pestis, which causes plague (Neubauer and others 2000a, 2001a, b). This short communication describes a study to evaluate the habitat and prevalence of Yersinia species in wild red deer (Cervus elaphus) in Norway.

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