Category Archives: Microbe of the Month

Microbe of the Month – Norovirus

The following is from a terrific Fact Sheet from the Rhode Island Department of Health about Noroviruses, some parts have been modified to reflect Australia rather than the US. Noroviruses are increasingly being recognized as the leading causes of foodborne disease in the United States, and have been linked to outbreaks of intestinal illness on…
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Microbe of the Month – Noroviris vaccine?

Although we have already done Norovirus as a Microbe of the Month, it is well worth covering the latest development with this virus as well. Just to give some background, Norovirus is the number one cause of food poisoning in the USA and is significant in all other countries. It causes diarrhoea and vomiting, and…
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Microbe of the Month – Clostridium botulinum

The following is from The Bug Bible - http://www.safefood.net.au/AudienceHierarchy/TheBugBible/Default.htm From a food safety view Clostridium botulinum is one of the most important of the pathogenic foodborne bacteria because of the severity of the symptoms caused by powerful neurotoxins. In the past it has been associated with inadequately canned protein foods. Today it is relatively rare…
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Microbe of the Month – Bacillus cereus

Microbe of the Month – Bacillus cereus The following is from The Bug Bible Bacillus cereus has been suspected as a cause of foodborne disease since early this century, although the role in foodborne disease was not established until the 1950s. Bacillus cereus causes two types of illness – one characterized by diarrhoea and the…
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Microbe of the Month – Campylobacter jejuni

Food poisoning caused by Campylobacter Campylobacter is bacteria that can cause infections leading to stomach cramps, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and hot and cold temperatures. The diagnostic name for those infected is Campylobacterioisis. Common symptoms associated with Campylobacter The symptoms of food poisoning caused by Campylobacter will usually commence within 2 to 5 days of coming…
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Microbe of the Month – Listeria

The following is from The Bug Bible - http://www.safefood.net.au/AudienceHierarchy/TheBugBible/Default.htm Listeria monocytogenes has been known for at least 60 years, but it has only been linked with foodborne disease since the early 1980s. Since this time it has become recognised as an important food poisoning bacteria. The organism is widespread in the environment and is carried…
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