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1 December 2014 PREVALENCE OF SALMONELLA SPP. AND THERMOPHILIC CAMPYLOBACTER SPP. IN THE SMALL ASIAN MONGOOSE (HERPESTES JAVANICUS) IN BARBADOS, WEST INDIES
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From April to July 2005, rectal swabs were collected from 48 free-ranging small Asian mongooses (Herpestes javanicus) on the east and south coasts of Barbados and analyzed for Salmonella and Campylobacter spp. Salmonella was recovered in 21.12% (7/33) of mongooses at the east-coast site and 26.67% (4/15) at the south-coast site. Four serotypes were isolated: Salmonella enterica serovar Rubislaw, Kentucky, Javiana, and Panama. One east-coast sample of 11 tested for Campylobacter was positive (9.09%). These results indicate that mongooses in Barbados are carriers and shedders of Salmonella and Campylobacter spp. and are a potential wildlife reservoir for these enteropathogens.

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Kamara J.R. Rhynd, Patrick A. Leighton, David A. Elcock, Pamela J. Whitehall, Andrew Rycroft, and Shaheed K. Macgregor "PREVALENCE OF SALMONELLA SPP. AND THERMOPHILIC CAMPYLOBACTER SPP. IN THE SMALL ASIAN MONGOOSE (HERPESTES JAVANICUS) IN BARBADOS, WEST INDIES," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45(4), 911-914, (1 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.1638/2012-0250.1
Received: 27 October 2012; Published: 1 December 2014
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