African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5233

Full Length Research Paper

The presence of Campylobacter jejuni in broiler houses: Results of a longitudinal study

Yavuz Cokal1*, Vildan Caner2, Aysin Sen3, Cengiz Cetin3 and Murat Telli4
  1Bandirma Vocational School, Balikesir University, 10200, Bandirma, Balikesir, Turkey. 2Department of Medical Biology, School of Medicine, Pamukkale University, 20020, Kinikli, Denizli, Turkey. 3Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Uludag University, 16059, Gorukle, Bursa, Turkey. 4Department of Medical Microbiology, School of Medicine, Adnan Menderes University, 09100, Aytepe, Aydin, Turkey.
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  •  Published: 18 February 2011



In this study, the presence of Campylobacter jejuni in water lines of commercial broiler house and its role in the epidemiology of the infection of broiler flocks was investigated.The study was done in three sequential commercial broiler flocks previously known to be infected with C. jejuni in two poultry houses with different water sources. C. jejuni was identified in drinking water and drinking nipple swab samples in water-line samples from both houses. Fresh fecal dropping samples were taken from broiler flocks for determination of C. jejuni-carriage. Twenty and 130 C. jejuni isolates were recovered from water-line system and fecal dropping samples, respectively. A total of 150 C. jejuniisolates were genotyped by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) with SmaI digestion and 9 distinct PFGE patterns were identified. Six and 5 different PFGE types were identified in houses 1 and 2, respectively. C. jejuni isolates, recovered from water lines samples, were genotypically similar to the isolates from fresh fecal dropping in both houses. These results showed that C. jejuni water-line contamination was related with the flock contamination and could help to continuously get infected with C. jejuni.


Key words: Campylobacter jejuni, broiler, water, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis.