Epidemiology and Infection



The importance of Campylobacter coli in human campylobacteriosis: prevalence and genetic characterization


M. GÜRTLER a1, T. ALTER a1c1, S. KASIMIR a1 and K. FEHLHABER a1
a1 Institute of Food Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig, An den Tierkliniken 1, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

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gurtler m   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
alter t   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
kasimir s   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
fehlhaber k   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

The primary aim of this study was to detect and genotype Campylobacter coli strains from humans over a period of one year from November 2002 to October 2003. Campylobacter spp. were isolated from patients with symptoms of enteric infection. Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) analysis was used to identify the genetic diversity of C. coli strains by cluster analysis. A total of 18·6% of all Campylobacter isolates were identified as C. coli. These data show, that C. coli is indeed of importance to human campylobacter infections. Heterogeneous patterns were detectable among the human C. coli pool by AFLP analysis suggesting different sources of infection. A continuous seasonal shift of genotypes was detectable.

(Published Online June 3 2005)
(Accepted February 15 2005)


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c1 Institute of Food Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leipzig, An den Tierkliniken 1, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany. (Email: alter@vetmed.uni-leipzig.de)


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