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Multidrug resistant Salmonella Java found in British broiler flocks
  1. Rob Davies1,
  2. Rita Deuchande2,
  3. Lesley Larki3,
  4. Rachael Collins4 and
  5. Richard M. Irvine5
  1. 1AHVLA – Weybridge, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  2. 2AHVLA – Sutton Bonington, The Elms, College Road, Sutton Bonington, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 5RB
  3. 3AHVLA, Veterinary and Science Policy Advice Services, Nobel House, Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR
  4. 4AHVLA – Starcross, Staplake Mount, Starcross, Exeter, Devon EX6 8PE
  5. 5AHVLA – Luddington, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9SJ
  1. e-mail: rob.davies{at}

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IN late 2012, a multidrug resistant (MDR) Salmonella Paratyphi B variant Java (MDR S Java) was isolated from two broiler holdings in England. This was the first detection of MDR S Java from poultry in Great Britain.

Potential sources for transmission of different clonal lines of S Java strains into the UK included animal feeds (usually fully sensitive strains), fish/seafood imported from the Far East (usually with pentavalent DT104-like resistance) and European poultry/products from the continent (MDR Java). In this case, epidemiological investigations indicated that this was likely to be an imported infection, as part of the flock concerned originated from hatching eggs from the Netherlands. Salmonella infection of chicks, as a result of infection in breeding flocks or hatchery contamination, is a recognised risk in relation to national and international …

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