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Co-contamination of food products from family farms in an environmental disaster area in Southeast Brazil with pathogenic bacteria and enteric viruses

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In the present study, we evaluated the degree of contamination of fresh vegetables, cheeses and jellies from disaster area in Brazil with bacteria and enteric viruses. Food samples (n = 350) were tested for Escherichia coli, Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus spp., and enteric viruses (rotavirus A (RVA), human adenovirus (HAdV), hepatitis A virus (HAV), and human norovirus (HNoV). E. coli was present in 56% of the samples, Salmonella spp. was present in 14% of the samples, L. monocytogenes and Staphylococcus spp. (coagulase-positive) were present in 36% of the samples. The enteric viruses RVA and HAdV were detected in cheeses and vegetables.

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de Castro Carvalho, S.V., Rogovski, P., Cadamuro, R.D. et al. Co-contamination of food products from family farms in an environmental disaster area in Southeast Brazil with pathogenic bacteria and enteric viruses. Arch Virol 165, 715–718 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00705-019-04501-9

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