Wildlife as Sentinels of Antimicrobial Resistance in Germany?

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Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
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Length: 742 words
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Author(s): Carolina Plaza-Rodríguez, Katja Alt, Mirjam Grobbel, Jens Andre Hammerl, Alexandra Irrgang, Istvan Szabo, Kerstin Stingl, Elisabeth Schuh, Lars Wiehle, Beatrice Pfefferkorn, Steffen Naumann, Annemarie Kaesbohrer, Bernd-Alois Tenhagen

The presence of bacteria carrying antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes in wildlife is an indicator that resistant bacteria of human or livestock origin are widespread in the environment. In addition, it could represent an additional challenge for human health, since wild animals could act as efficient AMR reservoirs and epidemiological links between human, livestock and natural environments. The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence and the antibiotic resistance patterns of several bacterial species in certain wild animals in Germany, including wild boars (<italic>Sus scrofa</italic>), roe deer (<italic>Capreolus capreolus</italic>) and wild ducks (family Anatidae, subfamily Anatinae) and geese (family Anatidae, subfamily Anserinae). In the framework of the German National Zoonoses Monitoring Program, samples from hunted wild boars, roe deer and wild ducks and geese were collected nationwide in 2016, 2017, and 2019, respectively. Fecal samples were tested for the presence of <italic>Salmonella</italic> spp. (in wild boars and wild ducks and geese), <italic>Campylobacter</italic> spp. (in roe deer...

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