Avian reservoirs and zoonotic potential of the emerging human pathogen Helicobacter canadensis

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A polyphasic identification approach was used to investigate the taxonomic position of Campylobacter-like isolates recovered from barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) and Canada geese (Branta candensis). Seven strains were selected from a collection of 21 isolates and analyzed by extensive phenotypic testing; four strains were characterized by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. The results clearly identified the bird isolates as Helicobacter canadensis, recently described as an emerging human pathogen. This is the first report of an animal reservoir for this organism and of its presence in Europe and confirms the zoonotic potential of H. canadensis.


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  • Biological Sciences
  • Ecology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7523-7526
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch

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