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DAO 142:41-46 (2020)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03544

Campylobacter pinnipediorum subsp. caledonicus and C. pinnipediorum subsp. pinnipediorum recovered from abscesses in pinnipeds

Geoffrey Foster1,*, Johanna L. Baily2,11, Fiona Howie3, Andrew C. Brownlow1, Jaap A. Wagenaar4,5,6 Maarten J. Gilbert4,7, William G. Miller8, Barbara A. Byrne9, Kristin A. Clothier9, Todd Schmitt10, Tony Patterson1, Robert J. Reid1, Mark P. Dagleish2

1SRUC Veterinary Services, An Lochran, 10 Inverness Campus, Inverness IV2 5NA, UK
2Moredun Research Institute, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ, UK
3SRUC Veterinary Services, Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ, UK
4Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Yalelaan 1, 3584CL Utrecht, The Netherlands
5WHO Collaborating Center for Campylobacter/OIE Reference Laboratory for Campylobacteriosis, Yalelaan 1, 3584CL Utrecht, The Netherlands
6Department of Bacteriology and Epidemiology, Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, Houtribweg 39, 8221RA Lelystad, The Netherlands
7Reptile, Amphibian and Fish Conservation Netherlands (RAVON), Toernooiveld 1, 6525ED Nijmegen, Netherlands
8Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Unit, Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Albany, CA 94710, USA
9Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
10SeaWorld San Diego, Veterinary Services, San Diego, CA 92109, USA
11Present address: Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
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ABSTRACT: Campylobacter pinnipediorum was described recently for isolates recovered from pinnipeds. The novel species was further split into 2 subspecies based on host and geography, with C. pinnipediorum subsp. pinnipediorum recovered from otariid seals in California (USA) and C. pinnipediorum subsp. caledonicus recovered from phocid seals in Scotland. We report details of the infections of 7 pinnipeds from which C. pinnipediorum was isolated: C. pinnipediorum subsp. caledonicus was isolated from 2 harbour seals Phoca vitulina and a single grey seal Halichoerus grypus, and C. pinnipediorum subsp. pinnipediorum was isolated from California sea lions Zalophus californianus. Six of the isolates were recovered from samples collected at post-mortem investigation. In 2 of the Scottish seals and in 3 of the California seals, C. pinnipediorum was the sole bacterial isolate recovered from abscesses present and suggests they may have resulted from conspecific or intraspecific bite wounds.


KEY WORDS: Campylobacter pinnipediorum · Bite wounds


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Cite this article as: Foster G, Baily JL, Howie F, Brownlow AC and others (2020) Campylobacter pinnipediorum subsp. caledonicus and C. pinnipediorum subsp. pinnipediorum recovered from abscesses in pinnipeds. Dis Aquat Org 142:41-46. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03544

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