Foodborne- and waterborne viral infections are increasingly recognised as causes of illness in humans. the most commonly implicated pathogens (calicivirus, hepatitis a virus) can not be readily be cultured, but recent advances in molecular virology have enabled the development of the sensitive methods that are needed for their detection and typing. the lack of international standardisation, however has precluded full use of the molecular information for tracking of outbreaks across borders, and for elucidation of the major transmission routes. In this proposal we aim to allow more rapid and internationally standardised assessment of the spread of food borne viruses, including elucidation of the mechanisms of emergence of novel variants , by standardisation of methods , the use of a common database, and epidemiological follow-up of international food borne viral infections.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
NW9 5HT London