Feasibility To Employ Enterococcus Faecalis Phages To Combat Poultry Infections
Phage therapy has gained increased attention as an alternative modality to antibiotics in order to control bacterial diseases and prevent the spreading of multidrug-resistant bacteria in poultry farms. In this study, Enterococcus faecalis, the most prevalent species from poultry farm to cause infections to human was targeted. Enterococcus faecalis phage was isolated from chicken fecal samples collected from poultry farms. This phage was characterized to be highly specific against Enterococcus faecalis and it could withstand high temperature upto 90°C and acidic conditions. The isolated phage which exhibits temperature and pH resistance and high specificity could be used as biocontrol agent to eliminate the existence of E. faecalis in poultry farms.
Enterococcus faecalis, biocontrol agent, poultry infections