Transmission and genetic diversity of Enterococcus faecalis among layer chickens during hatch
Studies on transmission of Enterococcus faecalis among chickens during hatch have not been carried out so far. Information about vertical transmission and subsequent spreading and colonization of the cloacal mucosa through cloacal 'drinking' during hatch are important to understand the epidemiology of E. faecalis infections. In the present investigation vertical transmission and subsequent spreading and colonization of the cloacal mucosa of chickens by E. faecalis through cloacal 'drinking' were examined.
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Article made possible through the contribution of Mette E Fertner, Rikke H Olsen, Magne Bisgaard, Henrik Christensen and BioMed Central.