Journal article

Molecular characterization of Campylobacter spp. recovered from beef, chicken, lamb and pork products at retail in Australia

Rhiannon L Wallace, Dieter M Bulach, Amy Jennison, Mary Valcanis, Angus McLure, James J Smith, Trudy Graham, Themy Saputra, Simon Firestone, Sally Symes, Natasha Waters, Anastasia Stylianopoulos, Martyn D Kirk, Kathryn Glass



Australian rates of campylobacteriosis are among the highest in developed countries, yet only limited work has been done to characterize Campylobacter spp. in Australian retail products. We performed whole genome sequencing (WGS) on 331 C. coli and 285 C. jejuni from retail chicken meat, as well as beef, chicken, lamb and pork offal (organs). Campylobacter isolates were highly diverse, with 113 sequence types (STs) including 38 novel STs, identified from 616 isolates. Genomic analysis suggests very low levels (2.3-15.3%) of resistance to aminoglycoside, beta-lactam, fluoroquinolone, macrolide and tetracycline antibiotics. A majority (>90%) of isolates (52/56) possessing the fluoroquinolone r..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council grant (NHMRC GNT1116294), with partner funding from AgriFutures, Australian Government Department of Health, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, New South Wales Food Authority and Queensland Health. Additional funding was provided by ACT Health. The National Health and Medical Research Council provided research fellowship funding for Martyn D. Kirk (APP1145997). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.