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Survey of Campylobacter species, VTEC 01 57 and Salmonella species in Swedish wildlife
  1. H. Wahlström, DVM1,
  2. E. Tysén, BSc1,
  3. E. Olsson Engvall, DVM, PhD1,
  4. B. Brändstrom, BSc1,
  5. E. Eriksson, DVM2,
  6. T. Mörner, DVM, PhD3 and
  7. I. Vågsholm, DVM, PhD, DiplECVM1
  1. 1 Swedish Zoonosis Center
  2. 2 Department of Bacteriology
  3. 3 Department of Wildlife, National Veterinary Institute, SE-75189 Uppsala, Sweden


Samples collected from 791 wild animals (Canada geese, roe deer, hares, moose, wild boar and gulls) shot during hunting were examined for verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) 0157, and thermophilic Campylobacter and Salmonella species. With the exception of one positive isolate from a wild boar, VTEC 0157 was not isolated from any of the animals. Salmonella species were isolated only from the gulls, of which 4 per cent were estimated to be positive. Thermophilic Campylobacter species were commonly isolated from all the species except deer.

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