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Am J Vet Res. 1993 Feb;54(2):260-2.

Factors influencing fecal shedding of Campylobacter jejuni in dogs without diarrhea.

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  • 1Department of Patologia i Produccions Animals, Facultat de Veterinaria, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain.


Rectal swab specimens were collected from 362 apparently healthy dogs of different origin, age, breed, and sex. Specimens were obtained in summer, autumn, and winter. Ninety-five thermophilic Campylobacter spp were isolated: C jejuni biotype I, n = 57, C jejuni biotype II, n = 1, C coli, n = 36, and C laridis, n = 1. Biotypes of C jejuni recovered were the same as those associated with Campylobacter-induced enteritis in human beings. Prevalence of C jejuni was significantly (P < 0.05) greater: in dogs < 6 months old than in adult dogs; in dogs living under high density and cohabitation housing conditions for long periods; and in autumn.

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