Molecular and bioinformatic analyses to inform intervention strategies to reduce Campylobacter jejuni infection of chickens
Campylobacter jejuni is present within the chicken gut and is the leading cause of bacterial foodborne gastroenteritis within humans worldwide. Despite the microaerophilic nature of the bacterium, C. jejuni can survive atmospheric oxygen conditions and is omnipresent within the environment. How the bacteria is able to do so remains a conundrum. In addition, how and when C. jejuni infects chickens remains unclear. We have investigated the survival properties of C. jejuni using both molecular and bioinformatic based approaches to try and inform intervention strategies to reduce C. jejuni infection of chickens.