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Risk factors for Campylobater spp. infection in Senegalese broiler-chicken flocks

Cardinale E., Tall F., Guèye E.H.F., Cissé M., Salvat G.. 2004. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 64 : p. 15-25.

Our objective was to identify the risk factors for Campylobacter infection in Senegalese broiler flocks. Seventy broiler farms were studied around Dakar from January 2000 to December 2001 around Dakar. A questionnaire was administered to the farmers, and samples of fresh droppings were taken to assess the flocks' Campylobacter status. About 63% of the flocks were infected by Campylobacter spp.; Campylobacter jejuni was the most-prevalent species (P < 0.05). An elevated risk of Campylobacter infection was associated with other animals (mainly laying hens, cattle and sheep) being bred in the farm, the farm staff not wearing their work clothing exclusively in the poultry houses, uncemented poultry-house floors and the use of cartons that transport chicks from the hatchery to the farm as feed plates (rather than specifically designed feed plates). Alternatively, thorough cleaning and disinfection of poultry-house surroundings and manure disposal outside the farm were associated with decreased flock risk. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Mots-clés : facteur de risque; poulet; campylobacter; sénégal

Thématique : Maladies des animaux

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