Separate Salmonella Shedders for Safety
Nobody likes a Salmonella outbreak. That’s especially the case when it’s caused by a multi-drug-resistant (MDR) strain of the bacterium, which could cause not only deadly gastrointestinal illness but also significant expense to the affected hospital or farm.

Such outbreaks are what Brandy A. Burgess, DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVPM, assistant professor in Epidemiology & Infection Control at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, spends her days determining how to avoid. She and colleagues at Colorado State University, where she recently earned her PhD, and a hospital in Kentucky recently studied the factors associated with shedding MDR Salmonella enterica and what effect it might have on health outcomes of previously hospitalized horses and their stablemates.

Burgess, now in Blacksburg, Virginia, presented the results of their work at the 2015 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held June 3-6 in Indianapolis. The research team scoured medical records of horses having fecal cultures for S. enterica as part of a surveillance program from Jan. 2011-Dec. 2

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