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Oral microbes of pet sugar gliders and detection of Salmonella in their faeces


Hassan, Nur Diana and Abdul Aziz, Saleha and Che' Amat, Azlan and Bejo, Siti Khairani and Zakaria, Zunita and N., Fauziah (2016) Oral microbes of pet sugar gliders and detection of Salmonella in their faeces. Jurnal Veterinar Malaysia, 28 (1). pp. 24-25. ISSN 9128-2506


Clinically healthy pets may carry zoonotic pathogens and shed them, thus act as potential public health threat. Small, exotic animals are gaining popularity as pets which include iguanas, turtles and sugar gliders. Salmonellosis is an important disease affecting human and animal populations worldwide. It is reported that sugar gliders are becoming popular pets among young Malaysians, not only are they cute and adorable but are easily carried around. Of 35 pet sugar gliders and 17 from a breeder, 15% were positive for salmonellae and the serovars identified were Salmonella enterica serovar Albany (62.5%) and Salmonella enterica serovar London (37.5%). Staphylococcus spp. (41.0%) were most frequently identified from oral mucosae, followed by Enterococcus faecalis (17%), Streptococcus viridians (15.0%), Acinetobacter calcoaceticus (13.0%) and Enterococcus faecium, Pasteurella spp., Staphylococcus delphini and Escherichia coli (2.0–4.0%). The close interaction between infected pet sugar gliders and their owners poses public health risk. Breeders with infected animals present direct risk to pet shops and pet owners.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Publisher: Veterinary Association Malaysia
Keywords: Oral microbes; Salmonella; Sugar gliders
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 05:37
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2017 05:37
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/50401
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