Foodborne Pathogens at the Livestock–Wildlife–Human Interface in Rural Western Uganda

Andrea Dias-Alves*, Johan Espunyes, Teresa Ayats, Celsus Sente, Peregrine Sebulime, Jesus Muro, Josephine Tushabe, Caroline Asiimwe, Xavier Fernandez Aguilar, Robert Aruho, Ignasi Marco, Marta Planellas, Jesús Cardells, Oscar Cabezón, Marta Cerdà-Cuéllar

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Foodborne pathogens are an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. To assess the presence of Salmonella, Campylobacter and Arcobacter spp. in livestock, wildlife, and humans from different regions across western Uganda, 479 faecal samples were tested by PCR. Salmonella and Campylobacter spp. were more frequently detected in livestock (5.1% and 23.5%, respectively) compared to wildlife (1.9% and 16.8%, respectively). Wildlife from remote areas showed lower Salmonella and Campylobacter spp. occurrence than in areas where interactions with livestock are common, suggesting that spill-over may exist from livestock or humans. Further studies are needed to better understand the transmission dynamics of these pathogens at the wildlife–livestock–human interface in western Uganda.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-149
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023


  • Arcobacter
  • Campylobacter
  • East Africa
  • National Park
  • One Health
  • Salmonella
  • Animals, Wild
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Uganda/epidemiology
  • Livestock


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