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Can J Microbiol. 2013 May;59(5):339-46. doi: 10.1139/cjm-2013-0027. Epub 2013 Mar 18.

Occurrence and population density of Campylobacter jejuni in irrigation ponds on produce farms in the Suwannee River Watershed.

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  • 1Emerging Pathogens Institute and Department of Plant Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.


Campylobacter spp., especially Campylobacter jejuni, are common causal agents of gastroenteritis globally. Poultry, contaminated water, and fresh produce are considered to be the main sources for infection by this pathogen. In this study, occurrence and population density of C. jejuni from vegetable irrigation ponds in the Suwannee River watershed were investigated and the relationship to environmental factors was analyzed. Two water samples were collected from each of 10 ponds every month from January 2011 to February 2012. Campylobacter jejuni was detected by quantitative real-time PCR. Nine of the 10 ponds were positive for C. jejuni some of the time with an overall prevalence of 19.3%. The highest counts were obtained in spring 2011. Oxidation-reduction potential and total nitrogen concentration were positively correlated (P < 0.05) with mean population and occurrence of C. jejuni, while temperature and dissolved oxygen percent saturation (DO%) were negatively correlated with mean population (P < 0.05). Presence of this pathogen was related to bacterial community composition. No correlations were found between C. jejuni and fecal indicators. Increasing DO% of irrigation water and limiting nitrogen pollution in the ponds are suggested to reduce the contamination risk of C. jejuni in a major fruit and vegetable growing area.

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