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Research Journal of Microbiology
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 17-23
DOI: 10.17311/jm.2008.17.23
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Occupational Exposure of Buffalo Gynecologists to Zoonotic Bacterial Diseases

Nawal A. Hassanain and W.M. Ahmed

In the present study, gynaecological examinations were carried out on 916 buffaloes and samples of vaginal swabs, blood and milk were collected. Serum samples were checked for brucellosis and assayed for progesterone level. Vaginal swabs and milk samples were examined for zoonotic bacteria that may be transmitted to veterinarians during handling and examination of these animals during the different phases of the reproductive cycle. 1.09% of the serum samples were positive for brucella antibodies. Zoonotic bacteria were isolated from vaginal swabs (E. coli, Y. enterocolitica, Klebsiella sp., E. faecalis, S. aureus and Bacillus sp.) and milk samples (E. oli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Salmonella typhimurium, Serratia marescens, S. aureus and Streptococcus agalactiae). PCR analysis showed that E. coli O157 and O119 isolated from animal suffering from ovarian inactivity were positive for the toxigenic genes (VT-II, stx-2 and eae-A). It can be concluded that risk of development of a zoonotic disease can be lessened by early recognition of infected animals, proper animal handling, basic biosecurity precautions and most importantly, personal hygiene.
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Nawal A. Hassanain and W.M. Ahmed, 2008. Occupational Exposure of Buffalo Gynecologists to Zoonotic Bacterial Diseases. Research Journal of Microbiology, 3: 17-23.

DOI: 10.17311/jm.2008.17.23






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