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Berl Munch Tierarztl Wochenschr. 2009 May-Jun;122(5-6):169-77.

[Characterisation of a phenotypic monophasic variant belonging to Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium from wild birds and its possible transmission to cats and humans].

[Article in German]

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Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, Nationales Referenzlabor für Salmonellen, Berlin.


In the last two years The National Salmonella Reference Laboratory (NRL-Salm) received an accumulating number of salmonellae with sero-formula 4,12:-:1,2 isolated from perished wild birds, particularly siskins. Within these strains flagellar antigen of the first phase was phenotypically not detectable. By PCR a fragment could be amplified coding specifically for the H:i-flagellar antigen. Consequently, this is a phenotypically monophasic variant of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium var. copenhagen with the sero-formula 4,12:-:1,2. Phage-typing showed most of the isolates belonged to phage type DT40. Some other strains harboured the same lysis pattern but could not assign to a definite phage type. Those strains are designated as RDNC (react with phages but does not conform with definite or provisorial types). Pulsed field gel-electrophoresis (PFGE) confirmed those two lineages of the monophasic variant. Phage type DT40 isolates from humans or cats, able to express both flagellar antigens, did not differ in genotypic properties from those not able to express the flagellar antigen of the first phase. Salmonella strains with identical genotypic characteristics have been isolated from wild birds, human cases particular infants and also cats. This refers to a direct or indirect transmission of the pathogen from wild bird to human. By eating or getting in contact with contaminated birds domestic cats could play an important role as vehicle between bird and human.

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