Occurrence of vancomycin-resistant enterococci in chickens in Malaysia
Abdul Majid, Mohd Shah and Abd Rahim, Ana Maria and Safee, Shahidayani and Awang Masheri, Dayang Salwani and Bejo, Siti Khairani (2007) Occurrence of vancomycin-resistant enterococci in chickens in Malaysia. Veterinary Record, 160 (20). pp. 702-703.
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Cloacal swabs from 1097 and 604 commercial and free range village chickens, respectively, were analysed to determine the occurrence of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE). Results revealed that Enterococcus faecalis and E. faecium were the predominant vancomycin-resistant species isolated from commercial chickens. 83 samples of Enterococcus sp. isolated from the free range chickens were vancomycin resistant. It is suggested that the high rate of VRE in poultry is linked to the use of avoparcin as a feed additive in commercial farms.
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