In vivo isolation of Salmonella choleraesuis from porcine neutrophils

Am J Vet Res. 1992 Aug;53(8):1333-6.


Seventy-five pigs from 4 facilities were examined for Salmonella choleraesuis by use of bacteriologic culture of feces, blood, WBC (buffy coat), mononuclear leukocytes, and neutrophils. The organism was isolated from 0 of 75 fecal samples, compared with isolation from 39 of 75 purified neutrophil preparations. Of the pigs that did not have Salmonella isolated from feces or blood, but had S choleraesuis isolated from neutrophils, 6 were further examined. These pigs from 2 groups again had culture performed at least 3 successive times to test for repeatability and to determine optimal number of neutrophils required for Salmonella isolation. These same pigs were euthanatized and necropsied. Nineteen tissue specimens from each pig were obtained for culture, but S choleraesuis was isolated only from neutrophil samples. Results indicate that neutrophils may contribute to the carrier state in pigs and should be cultured when attempting to identify S choleraesuis carrier swine.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carrier State / blood
  • Carrier State / microbiology
  • Carrier State / veterinary*
  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • Feces / microbiology
  • Female
  • Leukocytes / microbiology
  • Neutrophils / microbiology*
  • Plasmids
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Salmonella / genetics
  • Salmonella / isolation & purification*
  • Salmonella Infections, Animal / blood
  • Salmonella Infections, Animal / microbiology*
  • Swine
  • Swine Diseases / blood
  • Swine Diseases / microbiology*


  • DNA, Bacterial