The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

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Wednesday, May 16 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Raw chicken consumption, campylobacter infection and acute polyradiculoneuritis in dogs

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Acute polyradiculoneuritis (APN), also known as ‘Coonhound paralysis’, is an immune-mediated peripheral nerve disorder in dogs similar to Guillain-Barré syndrome in humans. Little information is available concerning the relationship between APN and Campylobacter spp. in dogs.

We estimated the association between Campylobacter spp. infection and APN and additional potential risks factors, particularly consumption of raw chicken in 27 dogs suffering from suspected APN and 47 healthy dogs. Faecal samples were collected from each enrolled animal to perform direct culture, DNA extraction and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of Campylobacter spp. Data were obtained from the medical records and owner questionnaires in both groups.

In cases in which the faecal sample was collected within 7 days from onset of clinical signs, APN cases were 9.4 times more likely to be positive for Campylobacter spp compared to control dogs (P


Simon Firestone

The University of Melbourne
Simon is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, The University of Melbourne. He coordinates the Master of Veterinary Public Health program and also teaches into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and the... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Plaza P3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre