Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 6

Bacteria Isolated from the Liver of Agama Lizards Found Around Poultry Pens in Zaria, Nigeria

Olufisoye O Ojo*, Buzu B Shedrack and James S Sambo

Department of Veterinary public health and preventive medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: Olufisoye O Ojo, Department of Veterinary public health and preventive medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Received: May 09, 2022; Published: May 27, 2022


This study was designed to evaluate an aspect of biosecurity in poultry pens by investigating the possible liver pathogens in lizards and their role as pathogen reservoirs and transmitters to poultry. 100 Agama Lizards were caught randomly around poultry Pens in Zaria, Nigeria. In this study Staphylococcus aureus and Corynebacterium species were isolated from 67% and 13% of the livers respectively. Each Lizard was humanely euthanized. A small block of the livers were harvested into sterile polythene bags and preserved in a freezer for microbiological culture and isolation. Bacteria were isolated and identified based on standard cultural, morphological and biochemical methods. It can be concluded that lizards harbor bacteria pathogens and giving them free access into poultry could be counterproductive. They are a potential source of infection to poultry by fecal shedding and even indirectly to humans through meat and egg consumption. Therefore, strict biosecurity practices should be maintained so as to prevent the entry of lizards into poultry pens.

Keywords: Agama Lizard; Bacteria; Liver; Staphylococcus; Corynebacterium; Poultry


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Citation: Olufisoye O Ojo., et al. “Bacteria Isolated from the Liver of Agama Lizards Found Around Poultry Pens in Zaria, Nigeria". Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 4.6 (2022): 58-61.


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