Food Safety

Distribution of Campylobacter and Arcobacter in Livestock

  • Irene V. Wesley (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • Karen M. Harmon (Iowa State University)
  • Alice Green (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • Eric Bush (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • Scott Wells (University of Minnesota–Twin Cities)


We designed polymearse chain reaction (PCR) primers to distinguish Campylobacter jejuni from Campylobacter coli and to differentiate Arcobacter from other species of Campylobacter. We applied these PCR methods to estimate their prevalence in feces of healthy cattle and hogs and to identify risk factors for infection. For cattle, C. jejuni (23%), Arcobacter (11%), and C. coli (1.57%) were detected in healthy dairy cows (n=1,628). Campylobacter coli (69%), Arcobacter (46%) and C. jejuni (0.28%) were found in market weight hogs (n=1,057). This indicates the widespread distribution of these microbes livestock.

Keywords: ASL R1707

How to Cite:

Wesley, I. V., Harmon, K. M., Green, A., Bush, E. & Wells, S., (2000) “Distribution of Campylobacter and Arcobacter in Livestock”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 1(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2000
Peer Reviewed