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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2011

Authors: Freidl, G; Stalder, G; Kostić, T; Sessitsch, A; Beiglböck, C; Walzer, C

Title: Verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli in chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) and cattle in Austria.

Source: J Wildl Dis. 2011; 47(3):704-708

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Beiglböck Christoph
Stalder Gabrielle
Walzer Christian

Vetmed Research Units
Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology

We assessed the prevalence of verotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC) in chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) and livestock grazing on a mountain pasture in Austria during June-August 2009. We detected VTEC throughout the sampling period in high numbers in cattle as well as in chamois, leading to the assumption that the degree of contamination of the environment is high. This is the first report of pathogenic E. coli identified in chamois, implicating chamois as a new potential reservoir of these zoonotic pathogens. Because the study area also serves recreational purposes, there is a risk of humans acquiring infection via direct or indirect contact.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Animals, Wild/microbiology
Cattle Diseases/epidemiology*
Escherichia coli Infections/epidemiology
Escherichia coli Infections/veterinary*
Goat Diseases/epidemiology*
Shiga-Toxigenic Escherichia coli/isolation & purification*

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