Bacillus cereus from the environment is genetically related to the highly pathogenic B. Cereus in Zambia

Hirohito Ogawa, Miyuki Ohnuma, David Squarre, Aaron Simanyengwe Mweene, Takayuki Ezaki, Daisuke Fujikura, Naomi Ohnishi, Yuka Thomas, Bernard Mudenda Hang’Ombe, Hideaki Higashi

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Abstract

To follow-up anthrax in Zambia since the outbreak in 2011, we have collected samples from the environment and the carcasses of anthrax-suspected animals, and have tried to isolate Bacillus anthracis. In the process of identification of B. anthracis, we collected two isolates, of which colonies were similar to B. anthracis; however, from the results of identification using the molecular-based methods, two isolates were genetically related to the highly pathogenic B. cereus, of which clinical manifestation is severe and fatal (e.g., pneumonia). In this study, we showed the existence of bacteria suspected to be highly pathogenic B. cereus in Zambia, indicating the possibility of an outbreak caused by highly pathogenic B. cereus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)993-995
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Veterinary Medical Science
Volume77
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 31 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bacillus anthracis
  • Bacillus cereus group
  • Bacillus thuringiensis
  • Epidemiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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    Ogawa, H., Ohnuma, M., Squarre, D., Mweene, A. S., Ezaki, T., Fujikura, D., Ohnishi, N., Thomas, Y., Hang’Ombe, B. M., & Higashi, H. (2015). Bacillus cereus from the environment is genetically related to the highly pathogenic B. Cereus in Zambia. Journal of Veterinary Medical Science, 77(8), 993-995. https://doi.org/10.1292/jvms.15-0059