Prevalence of Campylobacter in wild birds of the mid-Atlantic region, USA

J Wildl Dis. 2011 Jul;47(3):750-4. doi: 10.7589/0090-3558-47.3.750.


We evaluated the occurrence of three Campylobacter species--C. jejuni, C. coli, and C. lari--from 333 wild bird fecal samples collected at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark, Delaware, in 2008. Using multiplex polymerase chain reaction, we detected C. jejuni from six avian families with an overall prevalence rate of 7.2%. We did not detect any other Campylobacter species. Campylobacter jejuni prevalence ranged widely between different avian families with crows (Corvidae) and gulls (Laridae) having the highest prevalence rates (23% and 25%, respectively).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Wild / microbiology
  • Bird Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Birds
  • Campylobacter Infections / epidemiology
  • Campylobacter Infections / veterinary*
  • Campylobacter coli / isolation & purification*
  • Campylobacter jejuni / isolation & purification*
  • Campylobacter lari / isolation & purification*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mid-Atlantic Region / epidemiology
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / veterinary
  • Prevalence