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Characterization of the emergence of foodborne pathogens subjected to surveillance and monitoring programs through quantitative epidemiology

The Quantitative Epidemiology Unit (EPIQ) works for the development and application of quantitative tools to the study the epidemiology of important diseases in public and animal health, including the evaluation of control and eradication programs of animal diseases, the spatial analysis, the molecular epidemiology and the identification of risk factors related to human and animal pathogens, and the evaluation of diagnostic techniques. EPIQ carries out its activities in collaboration with other investigation units of the center and with external entities (governmental institutions and the private sector) and offers them technical advice apart from support in study design and data analysis tasks, and in the development of scientific publications, reports and proposals.


  • Assessment of the phenotypic and genetic diversity in foodborne pathogens recovered in the frame of surveillance and monitoring programs
  • Detection of factors associated with the dissemination of emergent strains/phenotypes/genotypes in the animal reservoir
  • Reconstruction of the phylogeny of emergent strains/phenotypes/genotypes of Salmonella enterica, Campylobacter spp. y Escherichia coli

Start date: January 1st, 2018

Head of the research line:
Álvarez Sánchez, Julio

VISAVET unit involved:

•  Quantitative Epidemiology Unit (EPIQ)