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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2005 Dec;71(12):8934-6.

Detection of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in retail cheeses from Greece and the Czech Republic.

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  • 1School of Animal Science, Department of Anatomy-Physiology, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Votanikos, Athens, Greece. ikonomop@aua.gr

Abstract

We investigated the presence of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in retail cheeses from Greece and the Czech Republic. We found that 31.7% and 3.6% of our samples reacted positive by PCR and culture, respectively. Consumption of these cheeses is likely to result in human exposure to M. avium subsp. paratuberculosis, albeit at a low level for viable cells.

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