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A comparative study of thermophilic Campylobacter isolates of clinical and food origin using genotyp

Project Reference: 00-RESR-086

Status: Completed

Commencement Date: March, 2001

Project Duration: 30 months


The principal objective of this project was to examine the genotypic profiles of thermophilic Campylobacter isolates recovered from retail food samples in three population centres (Dublin, Galway and Belfast) and compare them with clinical isolates obtained from human patients.

This project was also extended to include an examination of the role of companion animals in the transmission of this infectious agent.


Principal Contractor(s):

Dr Paul Whyte, University College Dublin


Dr Cyril Carroll, National University of Ireland, Galway

Prof Martin Cormican University College Hospital, Galway

Dr Robert Madden Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Eleanor McNamara, Public Health Laboratory, Dublin

Dr John Moore, Public Health Laboratory, Belfast



A Comparative Study of Thermophilic Campylobacter Isolates of Clinical, Food and Pet Origin

Peer Reviews:

Whyte, P.; McGill, K., Cowley, D.; Madden, R.H.; Moran, L.; Scates, P., Carroll, C.; O’Leary, A., Fanning S.; Collins, J.D.; McNamara, E.; Moore, J.E.; Cormican, M. (2004). “Occurrence of Campylobacter in retail foods in Ireland”. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 95, 111-118.

Acke, E.; Whyte, P.; Jones, B.R.; McGill, K.; Collins, J.D.; Fanning, S. “Prevalence of thermophillic Campylobacter species in cats and dogs in two Irish animal shelters”. (2006). Veterinary Record, 158, 51-54.

McGill, K., Cowley, D., Moran, L., Scates, P., O’Leary, A., Madden, R.H., Carroll, C., McNamara, E., Moore, J.E., Fanning, S., Collins, J.D., Whyte, P. (2006). “Antibiotic resistance of retail food and human Campylobacter isolates on the island of Ireland from 2001-2002”. Epidemiology and Infection, 134, 1282-1291.

Acke, E., McGill, K., Golden, O., Jones, B.R., Fanning, S., Whyte, P. (2009). “Prevalence of thermophilic Campylobacter species in household pets in Ireland”. Veterinary Record, 164, 44-47.

Acke, E., McGill, K., Quinn, T., Jones, B.R., Fanning, S., Whyte, P. (2009). “Antimicrobial resistance profiles and mechanisms of resistance in Campylobacter jejuni isolates from pets”. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, 6, 705-710.

O’Leary, A., Whyte, P., Madden, R.H., Cormican, M., Moore, J.E., McNamara, E., McGill, K., Kelly, L., Cowley, D., Moran, L., Scates, P., Collins, J.D, Carroll, C.V. “Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis typing of human and retail foodstuff campylobacters: an Irish perspective”. Journal of Food Microbiology, October 2010.

Acke, E., Carroll, C., O’Leary, A., McGill, K., Kelly, L., Lawlor, A., Madden, R.H., Moran, L., Scates, P., McNamara, E., Moore, J.E., Jones, B.R., Fanning, S., Whyte, P. “Genotypic characterisation and cluster analysis of Campylobacter jejuni isolates from domestic pets, human clinical cases and retail food”. Irish Veterinary Journal, January 2011.

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