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.
- Food-borne illnesses
- Water-borne illnesses