A method for the isolation of listeria which enabled a more rapid detection of the organism was used to examine samples of silage and bird faeces. Faecal samples indicated that seagulls feeding at sewage works had a higher rate of carriage than those elsewhere. Faecal samples from rooks generally suggested a low incidence of listeria except on one occasion when eight of twenty samples contained Listeria monocytogenes: this coincided with the nesting season and the peak period for listeriosis in sheep. The incidence of L. monocytogenes in clamp silages ranged from 2.5–5.9%, but in samples of big bale silages the incidence was 22.2% and, when mouldy samples were selected, 44%.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Bacteriology|
|Publication status||Print publication - Dec 1985|