USDA researchers have identified a potential vaccine for Campylobacter in poultry through a study funded by the US Poultry and Egg Association and the association’s foundation.
For the study, researchers purified proteins from Campylobacter and tested them for potential use as vaccines. One protein, known as FliD, showed promise according to the association. Researchers said the protein was common to all 21 Campylobacter jejuni strains tested and able to produce an immune response in broilers.
The study will now focus on determining whether the protein can be used as vaccine applied during the egg stage of development.
The association said there is currently no vaccine available to prevent Campylobacter colonization of poultry.
The research project is part of the association’s research program that will encompass all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.