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The presence of campylobacters in broiler chickens and throughout the broiler water delivery systems of 12 farms in northeastern Scotland was investigated by sensitive enrichment methods and large-volume filtration. Campylobacter presence was independent of the water source and whether the water was treated. The genotypes of Campylobacter jejuni isolates recovered from chickens and various locations within the water delivery systems were compared by multilocus sequence typing. Matching strains in shed header tanks and birds were found at 1 of the 12 farms investigated. However, the sequence of contamination or whether the source was within or outside the shed was not determined. Nevertheless, these data provide evidence that drinking water could be associated with broiler infection by campylobacters.

Original publication




Journal article


Appl Environ Microbiol

Publication Date





5125 - 5129


Animals, Bacterial Typing Techniques, Campylobacter, Campylobacter Infections, Chickens, Genotype, Poultry Diseases, Water Microbiology, Water Supply