DNA Probes for the Identification of Pathogenic Foodborne Bacteria and Viruses

  • Keith A. Lampel
  • Peter Feng
  • Walter E. Hill


Foodborne disease in the United States costs billions of dollars annually because of increased morbidity and mortality, time lost in the workplace, and reduced productivity (Archer and Kvenberg 1985). Because outbreaks of foodborne illnesses may be underreported by as much as a factor of 30 (Hauschild and Bryan 1980), the number of cases of gastroenteritis associated with food was estimated to be between 68 million and 275 million per year (Archer and Kvenberg 1985). Even at the lower end of this range, foodborne disease would be a major public health problem. From 1983 through 1987, 2397 outbreaks (54,453 cases) of foodborne illness were reported to the Centers for Disease Control (Bean et al. 1990). Of these, the causative agent was confirmed in only 910 cases (38%).


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