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Survey of Foodborne Pathogens in Malaysian Market Poultry

07 May 2014

MALAYSIA - Listeria, Salmonella and Yersinia were detected in the intestines of ducks and geese obtained from a wet market, according to researchers based in Kuala Lumpur, who recommended continued surveillance of these pathogens and their antibiotic resistance.

The prevalence of Listeria, Salmonella, and Yersinia species isolates in the intestines of ducks and geese obtained from a wet market ranged between 12 and 23 per cent, depending on the pathogen, according to a study published in Poultry Science by Hossein Jamali of the University of Malaya and co-authors.

They concluded that the continued surveillance of the prevalence of the pathogens and also of emerging antibiotic resistance is needed to render possible the recognition of foods that may represent risks and also ensure the effective treatment of listeriosis, salmonellosis and yersiniosis.

For their study, they purchased a total of 471 samples, including 291 duck and 180 goose intestinal contents, from wet markets between November 2008 and July 2010.

Listeria, Salmonella, and Yersinia spp. were isolated from 58 (12.3 per cent), 107 (22.7 per cent), and 80 (17.0 per cent) of the samples, respectively.

Listeria ivanovii, Salmonella Thompson and Yersinia enterocolitica were the predominant serovars among Listeria, Salmonella and Yersinia spp., respectively.

Resistance to tetracycline was common in Listeria (48.3 per cent) and Salmonella spp. (63.6 per cent), whereas 51.3 per cent of the Yersinia spp. isolates were resistant to cephalothin.


Jamali H., B. Radmehr and S. Ismail. 2014. Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of Listeria, Salmonella, and Yersinia species isolates in ducks and geese. Poultry Science. 93:1023-1030. doi: 10.3382/ps.2013-03699

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