The impact of molecular diagnostics on surveillance of foodborne infections

John Besser, Heather Carleton, Richard Goering, Peter Gerner-Smidt

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that foodborne diseases cause illness in one in six Americans (or 48 million people) each year, leading to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths (1, 2). Among the known foodborne pathogens, bacteria proportionally cause the most severe illness, being associated with 64% of hospitalizations and 64% of the deaths. The foodborne bacteria associated with most hospitalizations and deaths are Salmonella, Campylobacter, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), and Listeria monocytogenes. These bacteria are all zoonotic; i.e., they may be found in the normal intestinal biota of animals without causing disease and may spread to the environment and contaminate the food we eat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMolecular Microbiology
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnostic Principles and Practice
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781683670797
ISBN (Print)9781555819071
StatePublished - Jan 27 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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