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Foodborne zoonoses in animals and animal derived products intended for human consumption (eggs, meat..), as well as water samples, mainly Salmonella spp. Campylobacter spp., Verotoxigenic Escherichia coli and Yersinia enterocolitica

Annual surveillance programs of zoonoses agents are established. Microorganisms are obtained in active sampling conducted in collaboration with different Administrations or industries. Besides, research programs are performed to improve control programs of zoonotic agents. Additionally, the presence of these microorganisms is evaluated in wild animals or water samples (urban effluents and surface water).


Analyze the prevalence of zoonotic agents in food animals and food from animal origin.

Evaluate the presence of zoonotic agents in wild animals and environmental samples.

Improve control programs of food-borne zoonoses.

Evaluate different detection methods for the correct identification of foodborne pathogens in various matrices.

Start date: January 1st, 1999

Heads of the research line:
Domínguez Rodríguez, Lucas
Ugarte Ruiz, María

VISAVET unit involved:

•  Foodborne Zoonoses and Antimicrobial Resistance Unit (ZTA)

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