Practical Approaches

Foodborne Pathogens

Virulence Factors and Host Susceptibility

Editors: Gurtler, Joshua B., Doyle, Michael P., Kornacki, Jeffrey L. (Eds.)

  • Discusses virulence factors of pathogenic strains of bacteria
    Covers a variety of factors in host susceptibility
    Virotyping of foodborne pathogens

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About this book

Foodborne illnesses continue to be a major public health concern.  All members of a particular bacterial genera (e.g., Salmonella, Campylobacter) or species (e.g., Listeria monocytogenes, Cronobacter sakazakii) are often treated by public health and regulatory agencies as being equally pathogenic; however, this is not necessarily true and is an overly conservative approach to ensuring the safety of foods.  Even within species, virulence factors vary to the point that some isolates may be highly virulent, whereas others may rarely, if ever, cause disease in humans.  Hence, many food safety scientists have concluded that a more appropriate characterization of bacterial isolates for public health purposes could be by virotyping, i.e., typing food-associated bacteria on the basis of their virulence factors.  The book is divided into two sections.  Section I, “Foodborne Pathogens and Virulence Factors,” hones in on specific virulence factors of foodborne pathogens and the role they play in regulatory requirements, recalls, and foodborne illness.  The oft-held paradigm that all pathogenic strains are equally virulent is untrue.  Thus, we will examine variability in virulence between strains such as Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Cronobacter, etc.  This section also examines known factors capable of inducing greater virulence in foodborne pathogens.  Section II,  “Foodborne Pathogens, Host Susceptibility, and Infectious Dose” , covers the ability of a pathogen to invade a human host based on numerous extraneous factors relative to the host and the environment.  Some of these factors include host age, immune status, genetic makeup, infectious dose, food composition and probiotics.    Readers of this book will come away with a better understanding of foodborne bacterial pathogen virulence factors and pathogenicity, and host factors that predict the severity of disease in humans.

About the authors

​Editors:
Joshua B. GurtlerU. S. Department of AgricultureAgricultural Research ServiceEastern Regional ResearchWyndmoor, PA, USA
Jeffrey L. KornackiKornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc.Madison, WI, USA
Michael P. DoyleUniversity of GeorgiaCenter of Food SafetyGriffin, GA, USA

Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Advantages of Virulotyping Pathogens Over Traditional Identification and Characterization Methods

    Gurtler, Joshua B. (et al.)

    Pages 3-40

  • Varying Pathogenicity of Campylobacter jejuni Isolates

    Oyarzabal, Omar A. (et al.)

    Pages 41-60

  • Strain-Specific Virulence Differences in Listeria monocytogenes: Current Perspectives in Addressing an Old and Vexing Issue

    Kathariou, Sophia (et al.)

    Pages 61-92

  • The Listeria monocytogenes Triad for Success: Food Matrix, Stress Response and Virulence

    Faleiro, Maria Leonor

    Pages 93-122

  • Virulence Traits in the Cronobacter Genus

    Almajed, F. S. (et al.)

    Pages 123-150

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56836-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56834-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foodborne Pathogens
Book Subtitle
Virulence Factors and Host Susceptibility
Editors
  • Joshua B. Gurtler
  • Michael P. Doyle
  • Jeffrey L. Kornacki
Series Title
Practical Approaches
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56836-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56836-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56834-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 652
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
Topics