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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

Volume 23 (6):551-554, 2019

Incidence of pathogenic E. coli , Proteus and Salmonella spp in chickens, pet birds and pigeons in Baghdad, Iraq


Maysoon S Abbas.


Zoonosis Unit, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq




Abbas MS., Incidence of E. col, Proteus and Salmonella spp bacteria isolated from chickens, pet birds and pigeons in Baghdad, Iraq., Onl J Vet Res., 23 (6):551-554, 2019. Author reports incidence of pathogenic bacteria from rectal swabs from pigeons and pet birds (n=50), chicken livers (n=10), spleens (n=20) and intestinal tissues (20) from different locations in Baghdad, Iraq. Bacteria were grown on brilliant Green, eosin methylene blue, xylose lysine deoxycholate, salmonella-shigella and Mac-Conkey agars identified by culture, morphology and standard biochemical tests. In chickens, E coli was found in 12% and Proteus and salmonella in ~10%, in pigeons 12-16% and pet birds 8-16%. In all birds E coli in 44% Proteus 26% and salmonella 30%.


Keywords: Pathogenic bacteria, Isolation, Pet birds, Baghdad.