Survival of Salmonella enteritidis PT4 and Salm. typhimurium Swindon in aerosols

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Small particle aerosols of plate-grown Salmonella enteritidis and Salm. typhimurium were generated and maintained within a rotating drum at 75% relative humidity and 24°C for 2 h. Plate-grown organisms were found to be more aerosol-stable than broth-grown organisms. Differences were observed between the two species; plate-grown Salm. typhimurium retained 100% viability after 2 h compared to approximately 70% for plate-grown Salm. enteritidis. A large proportion of cells of both serotypes remained viable in aerosols after 2 h, confirming the potential for airborne transmission for these organisms, e.g. within henhouses and during food processing.

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