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Pathogen Survival in Swine Manure Environments and Transmission of Human Enteric Illness—A Review


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  1. Vol. 32 No. 2, p. 383-392
    Received: May 14, 2002

    * Corresponding author(s): rick_holley@umanitoba.ca
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  1. Tat Yee Guan and
  2. Richard A. Holley *
  1. Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2 Canada


The influence of zoonotic pathogens in animal manure on human health and well-being as a direct or indirect cause of human enteric illness is examined. Available international data are considered, but the study is focused on the developing situation in western Canada, where it is certain there will be further rapid growth in livestock numbers, particularly hogs. Major pathogens considered are Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Yersinia, Cryptosporidium, and Giardia Canada is now the leading exporter of pork internationally, but recent increases in production contrast with constant domestic levels of pork consumption and declining levels of foodborne illness caused by pork. Effects of increased levels of manure production are not quantifiable in terms of effects on human health. The presence of major pathogens in manure and movement to human food sources and water are considered on the basis of available data. Survival of the organisms in soil, manure, and water indicate significant variability in resistance to environmental challenge that are characteristic of the organisms themselves. Generally, pathogens survived longer in environmental samples at cool temperatures but differences were seen in liquid and solid manure. Based on actual data plus some data extrapolated from cattle manure environments, holding manure at 25°C for 90 d will render it free from the pathogens considered above.

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Copyright © 2003. American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science SocietyPublished in J. Environ. Qual.32:383–392.