Examination of Turkey Eggs, Poults and Brooder House Facilities for Campylobacter jejuni
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Campylobacter jejuni was not isolated from fertile turkey eggs or from newly-hatched poults. The organism was present in 16 to 76% of fecal swabs of 15-to 19-day old turkeys from two commercial brooder facilities, and was isolated from litter and drinking water. Extensive cleaning of a brooder house and application of new litter seemed to exclude litter, water, feed and grit as initial sources of contamination. Newly-hatched poults could be raised in a Campylobacter -free environment for 19 to 21 d without evidence of this organism in fecal swabs.
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ACUFF, G. R., VANDERZANT, C., GARDNER, F. A., & GOLAN, F. A.