Infectious agents of food - And water-borne illnesses

James M. Fleckenstein, Scott R. Bartels, Peter D. Drevets, Michael S. Bronze, Douglas A. Drevets

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Abstract

Food- and water-borne infections have afflicted mankind since the earliest days of human development and preceded the emergence of civilization. Despite current knowledge of microbial pathogenicity, modern methods of food production and rigorous industrial hygiene, these infections are still commonplace and exact significant health and economic tolls on human populations in all parts of the globe. This review uses data derived from new surveillance networks to survey the current epidemiology of bacterial, protozoan and viral pathogens transmitted by food and water. In addition, we will discuss clinical features of human disease caused by pathogens of current and emerging relevance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-246
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume340
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diarrhea
  • Food-borne illnesses
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Water-borne illnesses

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