Epidemiology and Infection

Research Article

Enteric pathogens in tropical aquaria

D. Sanyala1, S. H. Burgea1 and P. G. Hutchingsa2

a1 Public Health Laboratory, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF4 4XW

a2 City of Cardiff Environmental Health Department, Caerwys House, Windsor Lane, Cardiff CF1 3LA


A total of 100 tropical aquaria from six pet shops were sampled for the presence of Salmonella, Campylobacter and Aeromonas species. Eight fish tanks contained unusual serotypes of salmonella. None had been used to house terrapins. One hundred and three isolates of Aeromonas species were obtained from 98 tanks. One tank contained Plesiomonas shigelloides. No Campylobacter species were isolated. It is suggested that a tropical aquarium may constitute an infection hazard.

(Accepted June 01 1987)