Submitted to: Microbiology Resource Announcements
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/13/2023
Publication Date: 5/31/2023
Citation: He, Y., Reed, S.A., Gunther, N.W., Armstrong, C.M., Capobianco Jr, J.A. 2023. Complete genome sequence of Campylobacter jejuni BSD5, a multidrug-resistant isolate from a poultry processing facility in the United States. Microbiology Resource Announcements. 12(6). https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.00284-23.
Interpretive Summary: Campylobacter is the most common foodborne pathogen with the CDC attributing an estimated 1.5 million cases of infections to it annually in the United States. This pathogen is a hazard that establishments producing raw poultry products control through a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan or prevent in the processing environment. Regulators monitor critical control points (CCP) to assess whether the process is effective and within defined critical safety limits. Campylobacter jejeni BSD 5 was isolated from a CCP within a raw poultry producer. The genome was sequenced and revealed a virulence potential that is consistent with resistance to antibiotics.
Technical Abstract: Raw poultry can harbor microbial pathogens. Campylobacter jejuni BSD5 isolated from a critical control point within a poultry production plant was sequenced. Genome annotation revealed several virulence genes including antibiotic-resistant genes in agreement with the phenotypic results, indicating a potential risk of this strain to public health.