Transforming Shiga toxin-producing surveillance through whole genome sequencing in food safety practices.

Last updated on 14-12-2023 by Sigrid De Keersmaecker

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INTRODUCTION: Shiga toxin-producing (STEC) is a gastrointestinal pathogen causing foodborne outbreaks. Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) in STEC surveillance holds promise in outbreak prevention and confinement, in broadening STEC epidemiology and in contributing to risk assessment and source attribution. However, despite international recommendations, WGS is often restricted to assist outbreak investigation and is not yet fully implemented in food safety surveillance across all European countries, in contrast to for example in the United States. METHODS: In this study, WGS was retrospective…

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