J Vet Sci.  2016 Dec;17(4):583-586. 10.4142/jvs.2016.17.4.583.

Prevalence of Salmonella enterica and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in zoo animals from Chile

  • 1Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Chile, Santiago, 8820808, Chile. pretamal@uchile.cl
  • 2Department of Conservation and Research, Buin Zoo Park, Santiago, 9501456, Chile.


Salmonella (S.) enterica and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are foodborne pathogens. Here, we report the prevalence of S. enterica and STEC in feces of 316 zoo animals belonging to 61 species from Chile. S. enterica and STEC strains were detected in 7.5% and 4.4% of animals, respectively. All Salmonella isolates corresponded to the serotype Enteritidis. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of S. Enteritidis in the culpeo fox (Lycalopex culpaeus), black-capped capuchin (Sapajus apella) and Peruvian pelican (Pelecanus thagus) and the first STEC report in Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii).


Chile; Salmonella enterica; Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli; zoo animals
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