One-third of survey respondents in low and middle-income countries do not use whole genome sequencing, according to a study.

Only 8 percent reported using WGS in a routine, real-time way, highlighting minimal uptake of the technology for foodborne disease surveillance outside the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The main barriers
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German experts have presented results so far from increased surveillance of Campylobacter infections.

In Germany, around 60,000 cases are reported every year. Mainly contaminated food of animal origin are identified or suspected as sources of infection.

Intensified molecular surveillance of Campylobacter from human infections at the National Reference Center (NRZ)
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Scientists are urging government officials to consider helping to develop an international database to share and analyze DNA sequences.

Such a system is a platform for storing whole genome sequencing (WGS) data on the full genomes of investigated microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, providing quick characterization and treatment
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Whole genome sequencing can improve surveillance and control of Clostridium perfringens, say researchers.

Clostridium perfringens bacteria are responsible for an estimated 80,000 cases of diarrhea in the United Kingdom each year either from food poisoning or a non-foodborne origin. It is the second most common foodborne pathogen after Campylobacter with
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The World Health Organization is encouraging all countries to look at how whole genome sequencing  can be used to improve their foodborne disease surveillance and response system.

Used as part of such a system, whole genome sequencing (WGS) can increase the speed with which illnesses and food contamination are detected
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In 1993, 623 people in the western U.S. fell ill with a little-known bacteria called E. coli O157:H7. Ultimately, four children would die from their infections; many others suffered long-term medical complications. The bug was later traced to undercooked hamburger served at Jack in the Box restaurants. This outbreak thrust
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The Microbiological Data Program, which used to conduct 80 percent of all federal produce testing for pathogens like Salmonella and Listeria, officially shut down on December 31, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official confirmed.

The $4.5 million program had been in shutdown mode since mid-November. State agriculture departments, which
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