Enteric pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in turkey vultures (Cathartes Aura) feeding at the wildlife-livestock interface

Kate Sulzner, Terra Kelly, Woutrina A Smith, Christine K Johnson

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Abstract

Free-flying turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) were sampled in California to investigate the fecal shedding prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility of Salmonella enterica, Campylobacter spp., and Escherichia coli. Nine different serotypes of Salmonella enterica were detected in cloacal swabs from turkey vultures, and 6% of vultures were shedding Campylobacter spp.. Turkey vultures sampled at a location with range sheep were more likely to shed tetracycline-resistant E. coli, suggesting that proximity to livestock facilities could facilitate acquisition of drug-resistant bacteria in avian scavengers. These findings illustrate the importance of assessing drug-resistant pathogen transfer at the livestock-wildlife interface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-934
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Antimicrobial
  • Cathartes aura
  • drug resistant
  • livestock
  • pathogen
  • turkey vulture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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