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Detection of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in Retail Cheeses from Greece and the Czech Republic
- Ikonomopoulos, John, Pavlik, Ivo, Bartos, Milan, Svastova, Petra, Ayele, Wuhib Yayo, Roubal, Petr, Lukas, John, Cook, Nigel, Gazouli, Maria
- Applied and environmental microbiology 2005 v.71 no.12 pp. 8934-8936
- Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis, food pathogens, food contamination, bacterial contamination, cheeses, polymerase chain reaction, Greece, Czech Republic
- We investigated the presence of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis in retail cheeses from Greece and the Czech Republic. We found that 31.7% and 3.6% of our samples reacted positive by PCR and culture, respectively. Consumption of these cheeses is likely to result in human exposure to M. avium subsp. paratuberculosis, albeit at a low level for viable cells.