Special Issue "Food and Waterborne Infections in Animals and Humans"
A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2017).
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Interests: Food-Water microbiology, Foodborne-Waterborne diseases, Zoonotic diseases, Antimicrobial Resistance
Interests: food microbiology; safety and hygiene; antimicrobial resistance; zoonoses
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Interests: microbiology; infectious diseases; foodborne–waterborne diseases; antimicrobial resistance
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Foodborne and waterborne diseases both in human and animal hosts are constantly occurring, despite the improved food and water processing practices. Salmonella remains a widespread pathogen in many animal species as well as in humans, but the nature of the risks to public health has changed due to changes in several factors such as resistance to antibiotics, transmission to humans via vegetable and fruit consumption, and changes in infecting serotypes. Campylobacteriosis is the most prevalent foodborne-waterborne disease, but there is insufficient knowledge on the bacterial and host factors contributing to infection. E. coli O157:H7, and other VTEC serotypes, continue to be of major concern for public health, while though fortunately their prevalence is not so high, the disease can be life-threatening. Novel methods for rapid identification and differentiation of the VTEC strains are needed for effective containment of foodborne outbreaks. Toxoplasma gondii is widespread in animals and humans, presenting with diverse manifestations in different hosts, ranging from asymptomatic (cattle, horses) to symptomatic, causing congenital diseases or abortion (sheep, humans), ocular disease (humans), acute fatal disease (sea mammals, immunodeficient humans) and waterborne outbreaks (humans). Hepatitis E virus genotypes G3 and G4 are distributed worldwide infecting both humans and animals through contaminated water. This list is not limiting and other less frequent food (as brucellosis or tuberculosis by unpasteurised milk products) or water borne (e.g. Leptospirosis, Francisella tularensis) infections or intoxications by toxins from microorganisms (as for example Bacillus cereus or Staphylococcus aureus toxin) have also their importance and can be handled in this issue.
The majority of foodborne and waterborne diseases are transmitted from animals to humans through the contaminated food or water. Travel and movement of human and animal populations, environmental changes (altering land use patterns, urbanization, soil-water pollution due to animal and human wastes, climate change) are important factors in the world-wide spread of these diseases. People with immune disorders or other underlying chronic conditions are at particular risk and domestic animals particularly those of intensive breeding are at higher risk. Foodborne-waterborne pathogens shared between humans and animals signify the need to strengthen the One Health approach to efficiently guard public health and food safety at a global level.
This Special Issue on “Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases in Animals and Humans” addresses cutting edge research and review articles from leading scientists in the field of food and waterborne infections.
Prof. Dr. Chrissanthy Papadopoulou, DVM, MSc, PhD, Diplomate ECVPH
Dr. Vangelis Economou, DVM, PhD
Dr. Hercules Sakkas, MD, PhD
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Foodborne diseases,
- Waterborne diseases