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J Appl Microbiol. 1997 Feb;82(2):219-24.

Seasonality of thermophilic Campylobacter populations in chickens.

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  • 1Division of Biological Sciences, IEBS, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.


The small intestines and caeca of chickens were monitored for seasonal variation of thermophilic campylobacters over a 12-month period. There was a significant seasonal fluctuation in the carriage rate which correlated with the following environmental parameters: sunshine hours (P = 0.0003) and minimum (P = 0.007) and maximum temperatures (P = 0.003). The number of campylobacters in the small intestine and caeca also showed significant seasonal variation (P = 0.0008); however, the periodicity in the caeca was significantly different from that in the small intestine (P = 0.007). The numbers of Campylobacter in the caeca were significantly higher than those in the small intestine (P = 0.001). No significant correlation was found between the numbers of campylobacters in the caeca and small intestines and the environmental parameters monitored.

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