Selection of environmental tests for detection of Enterococcus cecorum

Ðurđa Slavić, Sarah Lippert

Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

AHL Newsletter 2023;27(2):20.

There are 3 different environmental culture tests offered by the AHL bacteriology section (Table 1).  Two of the methods target specific bacterial pathogens such as E. coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella spp., and Clostridium perfringens, whereas the third test is used for detection of aerobic but not anaerobic growth (i.e., not C. perfringens) in the environment.  When interested in the presence of any aerobic bacterial pathogens, including Enterococcus cecorum, the ‘acule3’ test needs to be requested.  If applicable, it is recommended to specify which bacterial species one is looking for on the submission form.   AHL 

Table 1. Environmental tests selection in AHL bacteriology section