Following the recent discovery of Campylobacter geochelonis sp. nov. in Testudo hermanni hermanni in Italian tortoises, a study aimed at assessing its distribution in different tortoise species was undertaken. Cloacal swabs from tortoises of private breeding centres and zoological gardens in Northern Italy were collected and submitted to microbiological examination. Campylobacter genus and species confirmation were made by end-point and multiplex PCR. To date, 372 individuals have been sampled and 4 have been found positive for Campylobacter spp. (2 Testudo graeca, 1 Testudo hermanni hermanni, 1 Stygmochelis pardalis). Campylobacter species identification is still undergoing. Further sampling is necessary to understand the host range and the pathogenic potential of C. geochelonis sp. nov. in tortoises.

First study to ascertain the presence of Campylobacter geochelonis sp. nov. in tortoises in Italy.

De Luca C.;BOETTO, ELENA;Niero G.;Piccirillo A.
2017

Abstract

Following the recent discovery of Campylobacter geochelonis sp. nov. in Testudo hermanni hermanni in Italian tortoises, a study aimed at assessing its distribution in different tortoise species was undertaken. Cloacal swabs from tortoises of private breeding centres and zoological gardens in Northern Italy were collected and submitted to microbiological examination. Campylobacter genus and species confirmation were made by end-point and multiplex PCR. To date, 372 individuals have been sampled and 4 have been found positive for Campylobacter spp. (2 Testudo graeca, 1 Testudo hermanni hermanni, 1 Stygmochelis pardalis). Campylobacter species identification is still undergoing. Further sampling is necessary to understand the host range and the pathogenic potential of C. geochelonis sp. nov. in tortoises.
Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Avian, Herpetological and Exotic Mammal Medicine (3rd ICARE)
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