Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis

A Useful Epidemiological Tool for Comparing Campylobacters in Milkborne Outbreaks in Sweden

Abstract

Campylobacter is a common foodborne pathogen. In most outbreaks, the source of infection is not found, due to the time passing from infection to diagnosis. In processed foods, Campylobacter may also become stressed and difficult to culture. In milkborne outbreaks, the contaminated milk is usually not kept long enough, and the bulk milk is not permanently contaminated. Campylobacter is found in a varying number of healthy cows and just finding the species in cow faeces does not prove the cow as a source of infection. The aim of this study was to test PFGE for fingerprinting Campylobacter jejuni strains from three suspected milkborne outbreaks in Sweden, where the bacteria was isolated from patients and from cows on farms delivering the suspected milk.

Keywords

Dairy Farm Bulk Milk Food Hygiene Patient Strain PFGE Banding 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden

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