<OL> <LI> To evaluate the discriminatory power of MLVA and to assess the SE MLVA type diversity found across a variety of potential human infection sources, with the final objective of assessing the exact value of MLVA when combined with phage typing for source attribution in human Salmonellosis investigations in Ontario and Canada.
<LI>To assess if poultry products are linked to human Salmonellosis by comparing phage types, PFGE, and MLVA profiles from SE of human, poultry, and other origins from Ontario and other provinces.
This study will further contribute to the current evaluation of MLVA for epidemiological investigations of SE and support existing evidence that poultry products are linked to human salmonellosis. Data will support risk assessment methodologies for the development of policies promoting the production of safe poultry products to reduce human SE infections in Ontario.
<P> For more information, please visit the <a href="http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/research/foodsafety/index.html" target="_blank">Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Food Safety Research Program</a>.