Dermanyssus gallinae in layer farms in Kosovo: a high risk for salmonella prevalence

Hamidi, Afrim, Sherifi, Kurtesh, Muji, Skender, Behluli, Behlul, Latifi, Fatgzim, Robaj, Avni, Postoli, Rezart, Hess, Claudia, Hess, Michael and Sparagano, Olivier (2011) Dermanyssus gallinae in layer farms in Kosovo: a high risk for salmonella prevalence. Parasites & Vectors, 4 (1). p. 136. ISSN 1756-3305

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The poultry red mite (PRM), Dermanyssus gallinae (D.g.) is a serious ectoparasitic pest of poultry and potential pathogen vector. The prevalence of D. g. and the prevalence of Salmonella spp. within mites on infested laying poultry farms were investigated in Kosovo.

In total, 14 populated layer farms located in the Southern Kosovo were assessed for D. g. presence. Another two farms in this region were investigated 6 months after depopulation. Investigated flocks were all maintained in cages, a common housing system in Kosovo. A total of eight farms were found to be infested with D. g. (50%) at varying levels, including the two depopulated farms. The detection of Salmonella spp. from D. g. was carried out using PCR. Out of the eight layer farms infested with D. g., Salmonella spp. was present in mites on three farms (37.5%).

This study confirms the high prevalence of D. g. in layer flocks in Kosovo and demonstrates the link between this mite and the presence of Salmonella spp. on infested farms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C100 Biology
C500 Microbiology
C700 Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 16:31
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 05:21

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