Campylobacter epidemiology in broiler farms: prevalence, risk factors and infection dynamics.

The next November 24, 2016 the thesis of Saul Hely Urdaneta Vargas will be presented in the Vicedean Room of the Veterinary School of the UAB, through a videoconference from Venezuela, reading. The thesis is entitled " Campylobacter epidemiology in broiler farms: prevalence, risk factors and infection dynamics" and it is registered in the Department of Animal Health and Anatomy of the UAB. The project was directed by Dr. Marta Cerda, a researcher at IRTA-CReSA, and supervised by Dr. Natalia Majó researcher at the IRTA-CReSA and professor of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the UAB. 


This thesis has studied the epidemiology of Campylobacter in broiler farms, in order to establish effective control measures to reduce the prevalence of this zoonotic agent at the level of primary production. Campylobacter has been the main causative agent of foodborne gastroenteritis in the European Union in the last few years, and the main source of infection is poultry products, including chicken meat. Most poultry farms are positive for Campylobacter and a reduction in the prevalence of lots positive to the pathogen would contribute significantly to the reduction of cases of gastroenteritis caused by this bacterium.

This thesis is part of the European project CamCon.

Project title: Campylobacter control - novel approaches in primary poultry production (ref. 244547, KBBE-2009-1-3-05, FP7) Funding: European Union. Participants: CReSA (España); National Vet. Institute (Noruega); Technical University of Denmark y Dianova (Dinamarca), Liverpool Univ. y Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne (Reino Unido), Utrech Univ. y Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Holanda), Univ. of Minho (Portugal), National Vet. Research Institute (Polonia). Duration: 2010-2015.

To contactat with the director of this thesis:

Dra. Marta Cerdà 
IRTA-CReSA Researcher
Phone: +34 93 467 40 40
Campus UAB, Edifici CReSA s/n,  08193  Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès) Spain

About IRTA:

IRTA is a research institute devoted to R+D+I in a variety of agri-food areas, such as vegetal production, animal production, food industries, environment and global change, and agri-food economy. The transfer of scientific advances contribute to the modernization, competitiveness and sustainable development of agriculture, food and aquaculture sectors, the supply of healthy and quality foods for consumers and, consequently, improving the welfare of the population. IRTA is assigned to the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca i Alimentació (DARP, Department of Agriculture) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia).

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