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J Vet Med Sci. 2002 Nov;64(11):1079-80.

Incidence of Salmonella infection in healthy dogs in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

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Gifu University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Gifu University, Yanagido, Japan.


A total of 1,013 feces samples and 8 mesenteric lymphonodus samples obtained from apparently healthy dogs were examined for the incidence of salmonella infection. One strain of S. typhimurium (ST) was isolated from feces of one dog, and S. enteritidis (SE) was isolated from the mesenteric lymphonodus of one dog. Sera obtained from 330 apparently healthy dogs were examined for Salmonella antibodies using an ELISA with heated whole cells of SE and ST. Fifty-one of the 330 serum samples were considered to be positive for salmonella antibodies, including 12 which were SE-positive and 39 which were ST-positive. These results indicate that dogs cause possible environmental problems as Salmonella carriers.

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