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Int J Food Microbiol. 2000 Jul 25;59(1-2):117-26.

Diagnosis of foodborne viral infections in patients.

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  • Department of Virology, Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Karolinski Institute, Solna. lensve@mbox.ki.se


A significant global problem is the microbiological contamination of foods and water. The microorganisms associated with about half of the foodborne disease outbreaks still go unrecognized, primarily as a result of inadequate diagnostic methods and sampling. A significant amount of food- and waterborne diseases are associated with viruses, information that has been obtained only in recent years. Improved diagnostic methods have established that caliciviruses are the most important non-bacterial pathogens associated with food- and waterborne outbreaks, and are the major cause of seafood-associated gastroenteritis.

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