A comparison of a new campylobacter selective medium (CAT) with membrane filtration for the isolation of thermophilic campylobacters including Campylobacter upsaliensis

J Appl Bacteriol. 1996 Jun;80(6):645-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2672.1996.tb03269.x.


The newly developed CAT campylobacter selective medium employing the blood-free charcoal-based agar containing cefoperazone (8 mg l-1), amphotericin (10 mg l-1) and teicoplanin (4 mg l-1) was compared with the membrane filtration culture technique for isolation of Campylobacter spp. including Camp. upsaliensis. Nine hundred and fifty human, 275 dog and 65 cat faeces (in which modified CCDA medium was also compared) were tested. In addition, the recovery of Camp. upsaliensis from pure cultures and from spiked human faeces was examined after membrane filtration. A 50-fold reduction in recovery after filtration using the 0.65 micron filters and a 150-fold reduction using the 0.45 micron filters was found. Recovery of Camp. upsaliensis from spiked faeces was considerably improved using the CAT medium compared with filtration, especially with the lower concentration of organisms (approx. 10(4) cfu mL-1). Campylobacter upsaliensis was recovered from 91 specimens of animal faeces, with CCDA recovering 26 isolates (29%), CAT recovering 76 isolates (84%) and membrane filtration (0.65 microns) recovering 82 isolates (90%). CAT selective agar was found to be a suitable medium for the isolation of thermophilic campylobacters including Camp. upsaliensis from faecal samples.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Campylobacter / isolation & purification*
  • Cats
  • Culture Media*
  • Dogs
  • Feces / microbiology
  • Filtration
  • Humans


  • Culture Media