Foodborne Illness Resources

As we come to the close of 2017, I think it is important to start the new year right by providing a list of important foodborne illness resources that are used in recording and tracking foodborne diseases and illnesses, as … Continued

Foodborne Parasites [Protozoa]

Foodborne parasites consist of various different groups including protozoa, roundworms, and tapeworms.  Protozoa are single-celled organisms that can multiply in humans.  While they are further classified by the way in which they move, I will not be going into that … Continued


Clostridium is a genus of bacteria that can cause various types of illnesses including food poisoning, botulism, tetanus, and other infections.  Of these, Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium botulinum are capable of causing foodborne illnesses.  C. perfringens is one of the top causes of foodborne … Continued

Staphylococcus aureus

Staphylococcus aureus is a foodborne pathogen that produces toxins capable of causing rapid gastrointestinal illness.  The bacteria alone can but do not typically cause illness.  S. aureus is naturally found on the skin and in the nasal passages of about a quarter of … Continued

Listeria monocytogenes

E. coli and Salmonella strains can be very dangerous foodborne illnesses as they can both result in lasting health issues, severe illness, or even death.  Listeria monocytogenes is not in the top 5 for foodborne pathogens causing illness and hospitalization, but does … Continued