Researchers have evaluated Belgium’s surveillance system for Salmonella infections and the potential role of whole genome sequencing.

Surveillance of salmonellosis in Belgium depends on voluntary referral of human Salmonella isolates to the National Reference Center (NRC). Isolates are accompanied by a form with epidemiological information that includes the age, gender,
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Salmonella Bovismorbificans was the most common serotype confirmed in October in New Zealand, according to monthly surveillance data.

The total number of human Salmonella isolates (95) confirmed last month decreased compared to the figure in October 2017 (112). Salmonella Bovismorbificans represented 11.6 percent in October this year versus 8.9 percent
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    Stic Harris
    Courtesy of FDA

Stic Harris, DVM, MPH, has been the director of FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) since August 2017. He is responsible for the agency’s surveillance, response, and post-response activities associated with outbreaks of illnesses caused by food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

In many
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According to Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network’s report on foodborne illness in 2013, clinical laboratories used culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) to detect more than 20,000 infections. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has delved deeper into the data collected about these tests. microscope-ecoli-406CIDTs are attractive to
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Traditional methods for diagnosing foodborne illness infections such as Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli involve cultivating patient samples in an artificial nutrient medium. But tests that don’t require isolates from pure culture are becoming increasingly popular. There are different kinds of culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs), but the type of that
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