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Bacterial Pathogens, Viruses, and Foodborne Illness

Bacterial pathogens cause foodborne illness either by infecting the intestinal tissues of humans or by producing bacterial toxins that are transmitted by food. 

On this page, find links to articles, research projects, watch and read USDA presentations, and external resources containing information about bacterial pathogens, viruses, and prions. 

Featured Resources

Research Publications (Food Safety): Bacterial Pathogens

Research publications on bacterial pathogens from peer-reviewed journals.

Books and Materials on Bacterial Pathogens in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA)

National Agricultural Library's (NAL) searchable database for journal citations available to persons interested in information on bacterial pathogens.

Research Projects: Bacterial Pathogens

The Food Safety Research Projects Database (RPD) contains information about research projects related to the study of bacterial pathogens.

Bacterial Pathogens Presentations

Selected Presentations by USDA and FSIS Scientists at the ARS-FSIS Annual Meetings

ARS - FSIS 2020 Food Safety Meeting

ARS - FSIS 2019 Food Safety Meeting

ARS - FSIS 2018 Food Safety Meeting

ARS - FSIS 2017 Food Safety Meeting

Resources by Type of Bacteria

Resources from federal and state governments, and cooperative extension programs  about foodborne pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Cyclospora, and Hepatitis A.

Selected External Resources on Foodborne Pathogens

Bacillus cereus
Campylobacter jejuni
Clostridium botulinum
Clostridium perfringens
Escherichia coli 0157:H7

Escherichia coli (E. coli) 0157:H7 is a type of pathogenic bacteria from the Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli (STEC) family which is produced from contaminated food and water.

Listeria monocytogenes
Microbial Ecology of Biofilms

Resources from reports and government websites describes microbial ecology which is how biofilms are formed from various types of bacteria. 

Salmonella
Shigella
Staphylococcus aureus
Vibrio cholerae
Vibrio parahaemolyticus
Vibrio vulnificus
Yersinia enterocolitica

Meet the Experts

USDA-ARS Scientists Present Overviews of their Research

Rapid inactivation of Taxoplasma gondibradyzoites in dry cured sausage (Introductory Video)

Investigators: John Luchansky, PhD, Anna Porto-Fett, PhD

Date: 2020

View full-length video of Dr. Niemira speaking about rapid inactivation of Taxoplasma gondibradyzoites in dry cured sausage [youtube.com]

Viruses and Prions Presentations

Selected Presentations by USDA Scientists at the ARS-FSIS Annual Meetings

Resources by Type of Viruses and Prions

Foodborne and waterborne pathogens such as Trichinella and Cyclospora, as well as virus and prions that cause Avian Influenza (bird flu), Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), Norwalk and Hepatitis A.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
COVID-19
Cyclospora
Giardia lamblia

The cause of a gastrointestinal disease from unsafe food handling practices or unsanitary drinking water that are contaminated with the parasite Giardia. 

Hepatitis A
Norovirus
Trichinella

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