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UCSB researchers find a way to detect stealthy, 'hypervirulent' Salmonella strains
Date:4/12/2012

cial medium utilized by the researchers that forces the bacteria to reveal their weapons in the laboratory the first step in the design of therapeutics to combat them.

Humans usually get Salmonella food poisoning from eating contaminated beef, chicken, or eggs. However, animal waste can contaminate fields where fruits, nuts, and vegetables are grown, thus posing a particular health concern for vegetarians. The threat is exacerbated when these foods are not cooked. Salmonella control efforts are expensive recent estimates place this cost up to $14.6 billion annually in the U.S.

As hypervirulent strains pose a potential risk to human and animal health, mitigation efforts warrant researchers' careful attention. "Now that we have identified the problem and potential solutions we just need to get to work," Heithoff said.


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University of California - Santa Barbara
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