Molecular Epidemiology of Foodborne Pathogens

Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)


The purpose of this chapter is to describe the basic principles and advancements in the molecular epidemiology of foodborne pathogens. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of infectious diseases and/or the dynamics of disease transmission. The goals of epidemiology include the identification of physical sources, routes of transmission of infectious agents, and distribution and relationships of different subgroups. Molecular epidemiology is the study of epidemiology at the molecular level. It has been defined as “a science that focuses on the contribution of potential genetic and environmental risk factors, identified at the molecular level, to the etiology, distribution and prevention of diseases within families and across populations” .


Amplify Fragment Length Polymorphism Discriminatory Power Molecular Epidemiology Foodborne Pathogen Phage Typing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US Food and Drug AdministrationCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Food SciencePennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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