Infectious and Parasitic Diseases

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RC 143 Individual Diseases. Food Poisoning (Infections and Intoxications)

Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins 1992 (Bad Bug Book)

Summary:
Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins 1992 (Bad Bug Book) is a handbook on foodborne pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, and parasites) and natural toxins prepared by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). "Each chapter focuses mainly on either one foodborne pathogenic microorganism or natural toxin. In some chapters, a closely related group of organisms or natural toxins is covered. Each chapter provides information that is general in nature and abbreviated for convenience."
At the top of the site, the user will find general site information, as well as a link to the text's preface for further information on contents. The site's main page offers a listing of the handbook's contents; users should scroll to view the available topics, all of which offer several subtopics. Noted here are the major subject categories, with the number of minor topics noted in parentheses: (1) pathogenic bacteria (17); (2) Enterovirulent Escherichia coli Group (EEC Group) (4); (3) parasitic protozoa and worms (10); (4) viruses (5); (5) natural toxins (9); and (6) appendices (3). To view contents of the handbook, a user should select a topic from the list and then scroll to view the resulting information sheet.
Within a given information sheet, major topics of discussion include: (1) name of toxin; (2) name of disease and description; (3) nature of disease; (4) normal course of disease; (5) diagnosis of human illness; (6) associated foods; (7) relative frequency of disease; (8) target population; (9) analysis of foods; (10) history of recent outbreaks; and (11) link to view outbreak reports. Some information sheets offer links to any combination of the following: (1) National Library of Medicine's Entrez glossary; (2) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly reports; (3) Entrez abstracts; and (4) GenBank genetic loci.
At the bottom of the site is a link to the CFSAN homepage. The site is sponsored by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN); U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Washington, D.C.
To Search:
Select topic from main page; scroll to view information sheet on subject.

Professional Resources about Foodborne Illness- General Topics

Summary:
Professional Resources about Foodborne Illness -- General Topics is a resource list, compiled by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Information Center, which contains materials "...primarily from 1991-1994 which are indexed in the AGRICOLA database." Users will find the list divided into sub-topics, each of which features titles of reference texts.
Major topics within the list include: (1) General Sources; (2) Epidemiology of Foodborne Illness; (3) Direction of Foodborne Pathogens; (4) Controlling Foodborne Illness -- Methods and Policy; and (5) Economic Aspects of Foodborne Illness. Within each of the topic sections, records are not listed in alphabetical order; users must browse through listings to reach desired records. An individual entry within the list includes: (1) title of the text; (2) author (last name, initials); (3) name of journal (if article); (4) publisher's name and location (if book); (5) volume number, issue number, and pages of text (for article); and (6) AGRICOLA call number.
The site was compiled by Elizabeth Caruthers, the University of Maryland; in conjunction with the Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library; USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through site's listings.

Professional Resources about Foodborne Illness- Specific Pathogens

Summary:
Professional Resources about Foodborne Illness -- Specific Pathogens is a resource list, compiled by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Information Center, which contains materials "...primarily from 1991-1994 which are indexed in the AGRICOLA database." Users will find the list divided into sub-topics, each of which features titles of reference texts.
Major topics within the list include: (1) Aeromonas; (2) Bacillus cereus; (3) Borrelia burgdorferi; (4) Campylobacter; (5) Cholera; (6) Ciguatera; (7) Clostridium; (8) Cryptosporidium; (9) Escherichia coli; (10) Listeria monocytogens; (11) Salmonella; (12) Staphylococcus aureus; (13) Viral foodborne pathogens; and (14) Microbiology of specific foods. Within each of the topic sections, records are not listed in alphabetical order; users must browse through listings to reach desired records. An individual entry within the list includes: (1) title of the text; (2) author (last name, initials); (3) name of journal (if article); (4) publisher's name and location (if book); (5) volume number, issue number, and pages of text (for article); and (6) AGRICOLA call number.
The site was compiled by Elizabeth Caruthers, the University of Maryland; in conjunction with the Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library; USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Browse through site's listings.

USDA/FDA Foodborne Illness Educational Materials Database

Summary:
USDA/FDA Foodborne Illness Educational Materials Database "...provides information about foodborne illness prevention to educators, trainees, and organizations developing education and training materials for food workers and consumers." The site is a compilation "...of consumer and food worker educational materials developed by universities, private industry, and local, state, and federal agencies." The database offers information on its documents and does not provide access to actual reports.
The Food and Nutrition Center is accessible through a top link; similarly, users can search the database, obtain general database material, and view the complete database in ASCII format through screen links. Also present within the main page are general site information, a link to USDA publications, a link to the HAACP Training Programs and Resources database, and a link to the USDA/FDA Foodborne Illness Education Information Center.
To search the database, a user should select the "search' link; a keyword field then appears with search instructions (via a link). Submitting information produces a list of reports, whose titles feature the keyword. Each report is entered with: (1) title; (2) document size; and (3) file type. Selecting a report title allows for viewing of information on the report. At the top of the information page are: (1) document ordering link; (2) report producer contact information; and (3) format type. Other data presented in the page include: (1) format; (2) data produced; (3) status; (4) partners; (5) funding; (6) description; (7) audience; (8) non-English availability; (9) cost; (10) restrictions on use; (11) available in quantity; (12) how to order; (13) NAL call number; (14) WWW site; and (15) comments.
The site is sponsored by the National Agricultural Library; USDA; Beltsville, Maryland.
To Search:
Select search link from main page; fill in keyword field. Select report title to view complete report information.
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