Salmonellae in sewage sludge and abattoir effluent in South-east Scotland

K. A. Linklater, Margaret M. Graham, J. C.M. Sharp

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A survey into the prevalence of salmonella organisms in sewage in the Borders Region of South-east Scotland is described. A total of 317 isolates representing 34 different serotypes were made, of which only 5 serotypes appeared in animals, supporting the view that the spreading of sewage sludge on to pastureland presents little risk to livestock provided the recommended guidelines are followed. Nevertheless, Salmonella typhimurium phage type 12, identified in sewage, was also recovered from animals in incidents on 11 farms, including 4 which had received sludge from this source. A further 48 isolates (13 serotypes) were obtained from the parallel monitoring of abattoir effluents, indicating that the background level of salmonella infection in the animal population appears to be low in comparison to that in humans.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-307
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hygiene
Issue number3
Publication statusPrint publication - Jun 1985

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