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Trypanosoma cruzi as a Foodborne Pathogen

  • Belkisyolé de Noya
  • Oscar González
  • Lucy J. Robertson

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Food, Health, and Nutrition book series (BRIEFSFOOD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Zoraida Díaz Bello, Belkisyolé Alarcón de Noya
    Pages 7-19
  3. Cecilia Colmenares, Belkisyolé Alarcón de Noya, Oscar Noya González
    Pages 21-32
  4. Belkisyolé Alarcón de Noya, Oscar Noya González
    Pages 33-40
  5. Oscar Noya González, Belkisyolé Alarcón de Noya, Lucy J. Robertson
    Pages 41-51
  6. Raiza Ruiz-Guevara, Oscar Noya González, Belkisyolé Alarcón de Noya
    Pages 53-71
  7. Belkisyolé Alarcón de Noya, Oscar Noya González, Lucy J. Robertson
    Pages 89-92

About this book

Introduction

This Brief provides a comprehensive overview of Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite that is traditionally considered as exclusively vectorborne, but can be foodborne, and may lead to outbreaks of Chagas disease in consumers. The characteristics of Trypanosoma cruzi and the clinical effects of the disease are covered, including documented outbreaks, regional patterns, and epidemiology. The various transmission routes are outlined, but with specific focus on foodborne transmission. A major emphasis of this text is contamination of fruit juices with Trypanosoma cruzi in, a transmission vehicle with increasing significance in the spread of this parasite. Also outlined is the difficulty of establishing a protocol for detection in food samples. Results on survival of Trypanosoma cruzi in food matrices is considered, as well as current risk assessment procedures and regulations. Different approaches to preventing transmission, including inactivation and decontamination are introduced, but also the importance of targeted educational initiatives, and also with a focus on future detection, prevention, and prevention of contamination of foods with this parasite.

Keywords

Chagas Disease Food Contamination Foodborne Parasites Foodborne Trypanosoma Cruzi Trypanosoma Cruzi Trypanosoma Cruzi in Juice Fruits

Authors and affiliations

  • Belkisyolé de Noya
    • 1
  • Oscar González
    • 2
  • Lucy J. Robertson
    • 3
  1. 1.Seccion de Biohelmintiasis, Instituto de Medicina Tropical, Facultad de Medicina, UCVCatedra de Parasitologia, Escuela "Luis Razetti" Facultad de Medicina, UCVCaracasVenezuela
  2. 2.Catedra de Parasitologia, Escuela "Luis Razetti" Facultad de Medicina, UCV,Seccion de Inmunologia, Instituto de Medicina Tropical, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV),CaracasVenezuela
  3. 3.Parasitology LaboratoryNorwegian University of Life Sciences – Veterinary SchoolOsloNorway

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