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Journal of the South African Veterinary Association

On-line version ISSN 2224-9435
Print version ISSN 1019-9128

J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. vol.79 n.4 Pretoria  2008




First isolation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 from faecal and milk specimens from Anatolian water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalus) in Turkey



E ŞekerI; H YardimciII

IDepartment of Microbiology, Afyon Kocatepe University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmet Necdet Sezer Campus, 03200, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
IIDepartment of Microbiology, Ankara University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ankara, Turkey




Three hundred rectal faecal samples and 213 raw milk samples obtained from the tanks and containers were examined using standard cultural methods. Escherichia coli O157:H7 was isolated from 11 (3.7 %) of 300 faecal samples and 3 (1.4 %) of 213 raw milk samples. It was determined that 8 (73 %) of E. coli O157:H7 strains isolated from faecal samples originated from water buffaloes younger than 2 years of age and 3 (27 %) from 2-year-old and older water buffaloes. This is the 1st isolation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 from faecal and milk samples of water buffaloes in Turkey.

Key words: E. coli O157:H7, faeces, isolation, milk, water buffalo



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Received: February 2007
Accepted: October 2008



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